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Athens in the fifth century B.C. offers a striking picture: the first democracy in history; the first empire created and ruled by a Greek city; and a flourishing of learning, philosophical thought, and visual and performing arts so rich as to leave a remarkable heritage for Western civilization. To what extent were these three parallel developments interrelated? An international group of fourteen scholars expert in different fields explores here the ways in which the fifth-century "cultural revolution" depended on Athenian democracy and the ways it was influenced by the fact that Athens was an imperial city.

The authors bring to this analysis their individual areas of expertise—in the visual arts, poetry and drama, philosophy, archaeology, religion, and social, economic, and political history—and a variety of theoretical approaches. The product of a colloquium at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., Democracy, Empire, and the Arts in Fifth-Century Athens sheds new light on a much debated question that has wide implications. The book is illustrated and enriched by a comprehensive bibliography on the subject.

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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
This big and important book, consistently interesting and well-edited, addresses a central problem. Fifth-century Athens was a democracy, and an imperial power. What was the connection between these two characteristics on the one hand and the city's artistic achievement on the other?...Not only is the presentation [of this book] virtually immaculate, but immense care has evidently gone into the arduous job of integrating the contributors and eliciting further responses from contributors and others...There is nothing parochially North American about the flavour of the book. On the contrary, it is intercontinental in its approach (just as its contributors are fair-mindedly scrupulous in their efforts to be panhellenic not Atheno-centric in their discussions)...The bibliography takes up no less than 65 pages of the book, and will itself be an extremely useful resource...Unlike so many rhapsodic treatments of the Athenian cultural miracle, it never allows itself for a moment to forget to compare developments elsewhere. That must be in some degree a tribute to the outstanding job the editors have done.
— Simon Hornblower
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674012585
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Center for Hellenic Studies Colloquia Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Boedeker is Professor of Classics at Brown University and Joint Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies.

Kurt A. Raaflaub is Professor of Classics and History at Brown University, and Joint Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C..

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Table of Contents


Chapter One. Introduction
Deborah Boedeker and Kurt A. Raaflaub

Chapter Two. The Transformation of Athens in the Fifth Century
Kurt A. Raafiaub

Chapter Three.
Accounting for Culture in Fifth-Century Athens
Lisa Kallet

Chapter Four. Beyond Democracy and Empire: Athenian Art in Context
Ian Morris

Chapter Five.
Democracy, Empire, and Art: Toward a Politics of Time and Narrative
Eric Csapo and Margaret Miller

Chapter Six.
Autochthony and the Visual Arts in Fifth-Century Athens
H. Alan Shapiro

Chapter Seven. Images and Political Identity: The Case of Athens
Tonio Hölscher

Chapter Eight. Presenting the Past in Fifth-Century Athens
Deborah Boedeker

Chapter Nine. The Sophists in Athens
Robert W. Wallace

Chapter Ten. The Constraints of Democracy and the Rise of the Art of Rhetoric
Harvey Yunis

Chapter Eleven. Democracy and Sokratic-Platonic Philosophy
Christopher Rowe

Chapter Twelve. Attic Old Comedy, Frank Speech, and Democracy
Jeffrey Henderson

Chapter Thirteen. Tragedy and Politics
Suzanne Saïd

Chapter Fourteen. The Panathenaic Procession: Athens' Participatory Democracy on Display?
Lisa Maurizio

Chapter Fifteen. Reflections and Conclusions: Democracy, Empire, and the Arts in Fifth-Century Athens
Deborah Boedeker and Kurt A. Raajlaub



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