Ritual, Finance, Politics: Athenian Democratic Accounts Presented to David Lewis

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2500 years ago, democracy was born in classical Athens. This collection of essays by twenty-two leading scholars from the UK, Europe, and America, is a twin celebration--it marks this occasion and also the sixty-fifth birthday of David Lewis, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Oxford. The essays discuss the religious, financial, and political aspects of Athenian democracy, and all offer new interpretations of the subject, paying particular attention to epigraphy,...
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2500 years ago, democracy was born in classical Athens. This collection of essays by twenty-two leading scholars from the UK, Europe, and America, is a twin celebration--it marks this occasion and also the sixty-fifth birthday of David Lewis, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Oxford. The essays discuss the religious, financial, and political aspects of Athenian democracy, and all offer new interpretations of the subject, paying particular attention to epigraphy, Lewis's speciality.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198149927
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/16/1995
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction: Ritual, Finance, Politics: An Account of Athenian Democracy 1
1 The 2500th Anniversary of Cleisthenes' Reforms and the Tradition of Athenian Democracy 25
2 Psephological Heroes 39
3 Learning from History: Categories and Case-Histories 53
4 Comic Ridicule and Democracy 69
5 The Ostracism of Hyperbolus 85
6 How Violent was Athenian Society? 99
7 Law and the Lawgiver in the Athenian Democracy 119
8 Aeschines and Athenian Democracy 135
9 Writing, Reading, and Democracy 157
10 Two New Attic Inscriptions 175
11 Europe and Democracy 189
12 Accounts and Accountability in Classical Athens 201
13 Freedom of Information and Accountability: The Inventory Lists of the Parthenon 213
14 Money Talks: Rhetor, Demos, and the Resources of the Athenian Empire 227
15 Public Auctions in Ancient Athens 253
16 Something to do with Athens: Tragedy and Ritual 269
17 The Politics of Dedication: Two Athenian Dedications at the Sanctuary of Apollo Ptoieus in Boeotia 291
18 The Ritual of the Athena Nike Parapet 307
19 The Demos and the Priests: the Selection of Sacred Officials at Athens from Cleisthenes to Augustus 325
20 Athenian Religion Abroad 339
21 Representing Democracy: Women at the Great Dionysia 347
22 Children's Rights, Children's Speech, and the Agamemnon 371
Index 385
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