Athenian Democratic Origins: and Other Essays by G. E. M. de Ste. Croix

Athenian Democratic Origins: and Other Essays

byG. E. M. de Ste. CroixEditorDavid Harvey, Robert Parker

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In these interconnected essays the late Geoffrey de Ste. Croix defends the institutions of the Athenian democracy, showing that they were much more practical, rational, and impartial than has usually been acknowledged. A major essay provides a new view of Aristotle's use of sources in TheConstitution of the Athenians, on which so much of our knowledge of Athenian constitutional history depends. Ste. Croix also argues that commercial factors had much less influence on Greek politics than modern scholars tend to assume, and that there was no such thing in any Greek state as a`commercial aristocracy'. As always, he works out these general positions with the utmost lucidity and pungency, and in meticulous detail. Though written in the 1960s, these hitherto unpublished essays by a great radical historian will still constitute a major contribution to contemporary debate.The editors and other specialists have supplied an updating Afterword to each chapter, and the book contains a thorough index.

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The late Geoffrey de Ste. Croix was Fellow of New College, Oxford. Robert Parker is Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford. David Harvey was formerly Lecturer in Classics, University of Exeter.

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Title:Athenian Democratic Origins: and Other EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.99 inPublished:September 12, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction1. The Solonian Census Classes and the Qualifications for Cavalry and Hoplite Service2. Five Notes on Solon's Constitution3. Solon, the Horoi and the Hektemoroi4. Cleisthenes I: The Constitution5. Cleisthenes II: Ostracism, Archons, and Strategoi6. The Athenian Citizenship Laws7. Aristotle's Athenaion Politeia and Early Athenian History8. The Metra in Aristotle, Eth. Nic. V.vii.1134b 35-35a39. How Far was Trade a Cause of Early Greek Colonization?10. But What About Aegina?11. Herodotus and King Cleomenes of Sparta

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`no serious reader, converted or not, could emerge unimpressed by the sheer command of evidence and calibre of argument on display here. [Chapter 1 is] the jewel of the volume.'Bryn Mawr Classical Review