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Democracy in Classical Athens


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List of Illustrations Preface to the First Edition Note to the 2001 Corrected Reprint Preface to the Second Edition 1. First Thoughts 1.1 Defining Democracy 1.2 The Sources 2. The Road to Democracy 2.1 Aristocracy in Crisis - The Seventh Century 2.2 Solon's Reforms 2.3 The Sixth Century Tyranny 2.4 The Reforms of Kleisthenes 2.5 The 460s and After 2.6 Democracy, Navy and Empire 2.7 The Intellectual Climate 2.8 The New Men 2.9 Oligarchic Interludes I: The Four Hundred 2.10 Oligarchic Interludes II: The Thirty 2.11 The Restored Democracy 2.12 Alexander and After 3. Democracy and Ideology 3.1 Democratic Ideology 3.2 The Limits of Equality 3.3 Citizenship 4 The Core Bodies 4.1 The Council 4.2 The Assembly 4.3 The Courts 5. Serving the Democracy 5.1 The Servants of the Demos 5.2 Officials Chosen by Lot 5.3 Elected Officials 5.4 The Secretariat 5.5 Public Speakers 5.6 Accountability, Risk and Reward 6. Religion in the Democratic City 7. Local Government: The Demes 8. The Democratic Landscape 9. Democracy and Its Critics Appendix 1 Suggested Further Reading Appendix 2 Glossary Appendix 3 Some Key Events Index

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The only up-to-date student introduction to one of the most important developments of ancient Greek society, the impact of which is felt on all modern political systems.

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Christopher Carey is Emeritus Professor of Greek at University College London, UK. He has published widely on Athenian democracy and ancient Greek literature, especially oratory and lyric poetry.


A student-friendly text that draws from the author's deep well of knowledge. Carey has concisely presented the key evidence for the development, function, and ideology of Athenian democracy alongside his lucid interpretations. DCA strikes a balance both between a synchronic and diachronic view of Athenian democracy and between principles and institutions, a challenging achievement for a student handbook. Carey does an impressive job compressing the relevant information into a slim volume while providing enough commentary for undergraduates with little Classics or History background ... The new, more thoroughly explained and functional DCA fills a general need for lower-and intermediate-level courses on Athenian democracy, democracies ancient and modern, Greek history, and Greek political thought. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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