The Classical Athenian Democracy

Paperback | November 1, 1985

byDavid Stockton

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The Greeks had a word for it, and the word was demokratia, a compound of demos (`the people') and kratos (`power or rule'). But it is significant that the first occurrence of the word in surviving Greek literature is in Herodotus' History, which he was writing during the third quarter of thefifth century BC. It was perhaps coined in the period following the reforms of the last decade of the sixth, which later won fame for Cleisthenes as `the man who gave the Athenians their democracy'. In 431 BC Pericles could claim that the Athenian system of government was unique, and an example toevery other society in Greece. It is the object of this book to explain to the modern reader what the institutions of the classical Athenian democracy were, how they worked, and what assumptions underlay them. It is principally concerned with the fully developed democracy of the post-Ephialtic period; but a chapter is devoted totracing the broad development of the Athenian constitution from the reforms of Solon in the early sixth century to those of Ephialtes in the late 460s, so that the developed democracy can be seen in its proper historical context. Stockton incorporates recent important work by historians,epigraphists, and archaeologists into his study, which is easily accessible to the sixth-form and first-year undergraduate student as well as interested general readers since all Greek is translated, difficult terminology explained, and full suggestions for further reading made in endnotes to eachchapter.

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The Greeks had a word for it, and the word was demokratia, a compound of demos (`the people') and kratos (`power or rule'). But it is significant that the first occurrence of the word in surviving Greek literature is in Herodotus' History, which he was writing during the third quarter of thefifth century BC. It was perhaps coined in th...

David Stockton is at Brasenose College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 1985Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction; Facts and Figures; From Solon to Ephialtes; Local and Central Government; Politics and Politicians; Violent Opposition; Critics and Champions; Bibliography, Index

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'David Stockton's concise hadnbook will be most welcome to both the "student of ancient history and the educated and interested public" who may want a shorter survey. It provides a generally successful, if highly conventional overview of the institutions of Athenian democracy. It will beespecially useful in making accessible to the general reader recent work by historians, archaeologists, and epigraphists which has exposed the workings of Athenian democracy more clearly.'Lisa Kallet-Marx, Journal of the History of Ideas, 55:1, 3/94