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Decrees of Fourth-Century Athens (403/2–322/1 BC)

Volume 2. Political and Cultural Perspectives

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  • Editor and Translator: Peter Liddel, University of Manchester
  • Date Published: April 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107185074

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  • Decree-making is a defining aspect of ancient Greek political activity: it was the means by which city-state communities went about deciding to get things done. This two-volume work provides a new view of the decree as an institution within the framework of fourth-century Athenian democratic political activity. Volume 1 consists of a comprehensive account of the literary evidence for decrees of the fourth-century Athenian assembly. Volume 2 analyses how decrees and decree-making, by offering both an authoritative source for the narrative of the history of the Athenian demos and a legitimate route for political self-promotion, came to play an important role in shaping Athenian democratic politics. Peter Liddel assesses ideas about, and the reality of, the dissemination of knowledge of decrees among both Athenians and non-Athenians and explains how they became significant to the wider image and legacy of the Athenians.

    • Provides a comprehensive collection, translation and analysis of references to fourth-century Athenian decrees in literary texts, with up-to-date bibliographical details for every entry
    • Sets epigraphical and literary evidence side-by-side and so illuminates the extent and role of stone publication in the dissemination of decrees
    • Offers a valuable new perspective on the workings of Athenian democracy and its legacy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107185074
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The social capital of the decree
    2. Appropriation and aspiration: decrees in the pursuit of political self-interest
    3. The dissemination of fourth-century Athenian decrees: local audiences
    4. The audiences of decrees beyond Athenian citizens
    5. Literary representations of Athenian decrees

  • Editor and Translator

    Peter Liddel, University of Manchester
    Peter Liddel is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on Greek political history, notably Civic Obligation and Individual Liberty in Ancient Athens (2007), as well as on Greek history, historiography and epigraphy. He is co-editor of the Annual of the British School at Athens, and serves as co-editor of Brill's New Jacoby and as associate editor of Polis. He is a founding member of the Editorial Board of the Attic Inscriptions Online project and is also Co-Investigator in a project to digitally publish Attic inscriptions in UK collections (AIUK).

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