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Democracy and Participation in Athens - R. K. Sinclair

Democracy and Participation in Athens

Paperback Published: 25th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521423892
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book is concerned with the public aspects of the life of Athenian citizens in the period from c. 450 to 322 BC. Its central purpose is a critical assessment of the character and extent of citizens' participation in the running of the democracy. Professor Sinclair's analysis is made from the point of view of the individual citizen--his privileges and opportunities, his responsibilities, the rewards and the dangers of exploiting the opportunities available to him.

' ... for years to come [Democracy and Participation] will probably replace Jones' Athenian Democracy of 1957 as the standard textbook used in universities in the English-speaking part of the world.' M. H. Hansen, Classical Review ' ... a lucid, well-organized discussion which deserves to become the standard introduction to the subject for both senior secondary and undergraduate students. It should be in the libraries of all schools which teach Ancient History ...' D. Phillips, Teaching History 'Sinclair ... is to be congratulated for producing a consistently clear, well-argued, well-documented and balanced account which will retain its value for years.' N. R. E. Fisher, Polis

Prefacep. xi
Mapsp. xiii
The Athenian polis and the evolution of democracy
Athenian views of developments to c. 500 B.C.p. 1
The growing power of Athens c. 500-c. 450p. 5
Socio-economic changes c. 480-c. 450p. 9
Athenian perceptions and confidence in the 450s: demokratiap. 13
Characteristics of Athenian democracy c. 450p. 17
Participation of citizens in the polis c. 450-322p. 20
The privileges and the opportunities of the citizen
Athenian attitudes to citizenshipp. 24
Citizens, metics and slavesp. 28
Opportunities for leadershipp. 34
Trends in leadership in the fifth centuryp. 34
Trends in leadership 403-322p. 43
Socio-economic factors; avenues for influencep. 47
The responsibilities of the citizen
Family and local interests and responsibilitiesp. 49
Religious cults and festivalsp. 53
The obligations of military servicep. 54
Financial obligationsp. 61
Political and judicial fieldsp. 65
The role of the Council of 500p. 73
The sovereignty of the Demos, officials and the Council
The accountability of officials to the Demosp. 77
The assembly and the making and revision of lawsp. 83
The Council of 500 and the decision-making processp. 84
The decrees of the assemblyp. 88
Probouleumatic decreesp. 88
Non-probouleumatic decreesp. 94
The indications of the epigraphical evidencep. 98
A crucial role?p. 101
Citizens and participation
The Council of 500: active participation or manipulation?p. 106
Attendance levels in the assemblyp. 114
The assembly and the courtsp. 119
Aristotle and leisurep. 119
The implications of extant speechesp. 123
The character and the attraction of the courtsp. 127
The assembly or the courts?p. 133
The hazards of leadership
The role of individualsp. 136
Leaders, 'occasional proposers' and ordinary citizens in the fourth centuryp. 138
Networks in public lifep. 141
The risks faced by military commandersp. 146
The indictment for making an illegal proposalp. 152
The dangers of impeachmentp. 156
Were the stakes high?p. 160
A note on Aristophonp. 162
The rewards of leadership
The rewards and the hazards: three contemporariesp. 163
Was the Demos ruthless?p. 169
Honour and powerp. 176
Material rewards in public lifep. 179
Political networksp. 186
The harnessing of 'ambition'p. 188
The critics of Athenian democracy
Factors in the extent of participationp. 191
The cost of participation - exploitation of others?p. 196
The consequences of participationp. 202
Contemporary viewsp. 202
The conduct of the assembly and the courtsp. 205
Did Athenian democracy work? Amateurs and expertsp. 211
Factors in the support for democracyp. 218
The population of Athensp. 223
'Working days'p. 225
Notes on three constitutional mattersp. 228
Bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780521423892
ISBN-10: 0521423899
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th November 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4