Alternatives to Athens: Varieties of Political Organization and Community in Ancient Greece

Paperback | December 1, 2002

EditorRoger Brock, Stephen Hodkinson

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In 1993 the world celebrated the 2500th anniversary of the birth of democracy in ancient Athens, whose polis - or citizen state - is often viewed as the model ancient Greek state. In an age when democracy has apparently triumphed following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, we tendto forget that the democratic citizen-state was only one of many forms of political community in Greek antiquity. This volume aims to redress the balance. Eighteen essays by established and younger historians examine alternative political systems and ideologies: oligarchies, monarchies, and mixedconstitutions along with diverse forms of communal and regional associations such as ethnoi, amphiktyonies, and confederacies. The papers, which span the length and breadth of the Hellenic world from the Balkans and Anatolia to Magna Graecia and north Africa, highlight the immense politicalflexibility and diversity of ancient Greek civilization.

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In 1993 the world celebrated the 2500th anniversary of the birth of democracy in ancient Athens, whose polis - or citizen state - is often viewed as the model ancient Greek state. In an age when democracy has apparently triumphed following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, we tendto forget that the democratic citizen-state w...

Roger Brock is Lecturer in Classics, University of Leeds Stephen Hodkinson is Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:412 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:December 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Roger Brock and Stephen Hodkinson: Alternatives to Athens, Introduction1. Robin Lane Fox: Theognis - Alternative to Democracy2. Hans Van Wees: Megara's Mafiosi3. Nigel Spencer: Exchange and Stasis in Mytilene4. Barbara Mitchell: Cyrene, Typical, or Atypical?5. David Braund: Monarchy in Athenian Democracy6. P. J. Rhodes: Oligarchies in Athens7. N. K. Rutter: Syracusan Democracy8. Andrew Lintott: Aristotle's Mixed Constitution9. Kathryn Lomas: The Polis in Italy10. Catherine Morgan: Cities and the Athenian Ethnos11. Zosia Halina Archibald: Space Hierarchy and Community12. J. K. Davies: The Molossian Ethnos, State, and Monarchy13. Pierre Carlier: Homeric and Macedonian Kingship14. Antony G. Keen: The 'Kings' of Achaemenid Lycia15. W. G. Forrest: The Pre-polis Polis16. Michael Arrush: Delphi and her External Relations17. James Roy: Democracy in the Arcadian Confederacy18. N. V. Sekunda: Federalism in West Crete