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What was ancient democracy like? Why did it spread in ancient Greece? An astonishing number of volumes has been devoted to the well-attested Athenian case, while non-Athenian democracy – for which evidence is harder to come by – has received only fleeting attention. Nevertheless, there exists a scattered body of ancient material regarding democracy beyond Athens, from ancient literary authors and epigraphic documents to archaeological evidence, out of which one can build an understanding of the phenomenon. This book presents a detailed study of ancient Greek democracy in the Classical period (480 – 323 BC), focusing on examples outside Athens. It has three main goals: to identify where and when democratic governments established themselves in ancient Greek city-states; to explain why democracy spread to many parts of Greece in this period; and to further our understanding of the nature of ancient democracy by studying its practices beyond Athens.Read more
- Allows a broader overview of democracy in the Classical period by considering many examples outside Athens
- Important new addition to the history of democracy
- All Greek is translated, so the book is accessible to non-specialists
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"… [an] important book … Students of history and political science will find the book highly beneficial."
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"Robinson meticulously surveys the sources, literary, epigraphical, and archaeological, for cities on the Greek mainland such as Argos, in the north and west (for example, in Sicily), and in the east (for instance, Byzantium and Rhodes) and reveals how widespread dêmokratia really was … Robinson has filled out the picture of ancient democracies, their origins, varied institutions, and crises, and the results should be of interest to all."
David Konstan, Common Knowledge
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- Date Published: November 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521843317
- length: 286 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Classical demokratiai on the Greek mainland (central Greece and the Peloponnese)
2. Classical demokratiai in western and northwestern Greece (plus Cyrene)
3. Classical demokratiai in eastern Greece
4. The spread of democracy in the Classical period
5. The nature of Classical democracy outside Athens
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