Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes / Edition 1

Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes / Edition 1

by Mogens Herman Hansen
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Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes / Edition 1

The Athenian democracy of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. is the most famous and perhaps the most nearly perfect example of direct democracy. Covering the period 403-322 B.C., Mogens Herman Hansen focuses on the crucial last thirty years, which coincided with the political career of Demosthenes. Hansen distinguishes between the city's seven political institutions: the Assembly, the nomothetai, the People's Court, the boards of magistrates, the Council of Five Hundred, the Areopagos, and ho boulomenos, He discusses how Athenians conceived liberty both as the ability to participate in the decision-making process and as the right to live without oppression from the state or other citizens. A new chapter, "One Hundred and Sixty Theses about Athenian Democracy", appears in this edition.

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ISBN-13: 9780631180173
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/13/1991
Series: Ancient World Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

1. Direct Democracy in Historical Perspective.

2. Evidence.

3. The Athenian Constitution Down to 403 BC.

4. Athens as City State and as Democracy.

5. The Peoples of Athens.

6. The Assembly of the People.

7. The Laws and the Nomothetai.

8. The People's Court.

9. The Magistrates.

10. The Council of Five Hundred.

11. The Political Leaders.

12. The Council of the Areopagos.

13. The Character of Athenian Democracy.



General Index.

Index of Sources

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