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Politics and the Street in Democratic Athens

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  • Publication planned for: October 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108439053

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  • This book is the first in-depth study of the classical Athenian public sphere. It examines how public opinion was created by impromptu theatrics and by gossip, and how it flowed into and out of the civic institutions. Athenians did not have hookah bars or coffee shops but they did socialize in symposia, gymnasia and workshops, and above all in the Agora. These represented the Athenian 'street', an informal political space that was seen as qualitatively different from the institutional space of the assembly, the council and the courts where elite orators held sway. The book explores how Athenians of all sorts, such as politicians, slaves and philosophers, sought to exploit the resources of the 'street' in pursuit of their aims.

    • Studies the Athenian democracy in relation to its public sphere, with attention to the involvement of politically 'marginal' groups, such as women and slaves
    • Collects and analyzes unusual episodes in Athenian history, giving the reader a sense of how street performances contributed to political projects
    • Employs a great range of archaeological, literary, and epigraphic sources
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    • Publication planned for: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108439053
    • length: 261 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A tour of the Agora
    2. Athenian social networks
    3. The problem of non-institutional politics
    4. Institutionalizing theatricality in the assembly
    5. 'Publicity stunts' in Athenian politics
    6. Slaves in the Theseion
    7. The Magnesian street
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Alex Gottesman, Temple University, Philadelphia
    Alex Gottesman is Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University, Philadelphia.

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