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Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece / Edition 1
     

Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

by Kurt A. Raaflaub, Robert Wallace, Josiah Ober
 

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ISBN-10: 0520245628

ISBN-13: 9780520245624

Pub. Date: 01/11/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

This book presents a state-of-the-art debate about the origins of Athenian democracy by five eminent scholars. The result is a stimulating, critical exploration and interpretation of the extant evidence on this intriguing and important topic. The authors address such questions as: Why was democracy first realized in ancient Greece? Was democracy “invented

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This book presents a state-of-the-art debate about the origins of Athenian democracy by five eminent scholars. The result is a stimulating, critical exploration and interpretation of the extant evidence on this intriguing and important topic. The authors address such questions as: Why was democracy first realized in ancient Greece? Was democracy “invented” or did it evolve over a long period of time? What were the conditions for democracy, the social and political foundations that made this development possible? And what factors turned the possibility of democracy into necessity and reality? The authors first examine the conditions in early Greek society that encouraged equality and “people’s power.” They then scrutinize, in their social and political contexts, three crucial points in the evolution of democracy: the reforms connected with the names of Solon, Cleisthenes, and Ephialtes in the early and late sixth and mid-fifth century. Finally, an ancient historian and a political scientist review the arguments presented in the previous chapters and add their own perspectives, asking what lessons we can draw today from the ancient democratic experience. Designed for a general readership as well as students and scholars, the book intends to provoke discussion by presenting side by side the evidence and arguments that support various explanations of the origins of democracy, thus enabling readers to join in the debate and draw their own conclusions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520245624
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/11/2007
Series:
Joan Palevsky Book in Classical Literatu
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents


About the Authors     vii
Chronology of Events     ix
List of Abbreviations     xi
Introduction   Kurt A. Raaflaub     1
"People's Power" and Egalitarian Trends in Archaic Greece   Kurt A. Raaflaub   Robert W. Wallace     22
Revolutions and a New Order in Solonian Athens and Archaic Greece   Robert W. Wallace     49
"I Besieged That Man": Democracy's Revolutionary Start   Josiah Ober     83
The Breakthrough of Demokratia in Mid-Fifth-Century Athens   Kurt A. Raaflaub     105
Democracy, Origins of: Contribution to a Debate   Paul Cartledge     155
Power to the People   Cynthia Farrar     170
Bibliography     197
Index of Primary Sources     225
General Index     233

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