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Athenian Democracy : Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History - John Thorley

Athenian Democracy

Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History

Hardcover Published: 2nd September 2004
ISBN: 9780415319331
Number Of Pages: 112

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The fifth century BC witnessed not only the emergence of one of the first democracies, but also the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars. John Thorley provides a concise analysis of the development and operation of Athenian democracy against this backdrop.

Taking into account both primary source material and the work of modern historians, Athenian Democracy examines:

  • the prelude to democracy

  • how the democractic system emerged

  • how this system worked in practice

  • the efficiency of this system of government

  • the success of Athenian democracy.

Including a useful chronology and blibliography, this second edition has been updated to take into account recent research.

'Athenian Democracy represents a thought-provoking, challenging text which has aided my own knowledge and understanding about this particular period in history and I would have no hesitation in recommending John Thorley's work to others.' - SATH History Teaching Review

List of illustrations
Preface Chronology
Prelude to democracy Athens before Solon Solon's reforms
The tyranny of Peisistratos and Hippias
The democratic system: Kleisthenes' reforms
The new tribes
The Council of 500 (the Boule)
The Assembly (Ekklesia)
The law courts (Dikasteria)
The generals (strategoi)
The magistracies Submission of accounts (euthynai)
The arkhons and the Council of the Areopagos Ostracism Cleruchies and colonies State finance The demes Why did Kleisthenes do it?
The democratic system: later reforms
The arkhons and the Areopagos
The graphe paranomon Introduction of 'deme-judges'
Payment for dikasts, magistrates and members of the Boule Citizenship Legislation
The system in practice
The Athenian Empire Pericles Aristophanes and the comedians
'The Old Oligarch'
An overview A sense of involvement
A sense of unified purpose Efficiency
Kleisthenic tribes, trittyes, demes and Council members
Ostracisms Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415319331
ISBN-10: 0415319331
Series: Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 2nd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.07  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition