Polis and Revolution: Responding to Oligarchy in Classical Athens

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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During the turbulent last years of the fifth century BC, Athens twice suffered the overthrow of democracy and the subsequent establishment of oligarchic regimes. In an in-depth treatment of both political revolutions, Julia Shear examines how the Athenians responded to these events, at the level both of the individual and of the corporate group. Interdisciplinary in approach, this account brings epigraphical and archaeological evidence to bear on a discussion which until now has largely been based on texts. Dr Shear particularly focuses on the recreation of democracy and the city, both ritually and physically, in the aftermath of the coups and demonstrates that, whilst reconciliation after civil strife is difficult and contentious, it is also crucial for rebuilding a united society. Theories of remembering and forgetting are applied and offer a new way of understanding the dynamics in Athens at this time.
  

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Contents

an introduction
1
chapter 2 Revolution oligarchy and the patrios politeia
19
democracy and the law
70
the demos and the city
112
rituals and the demos
135
chapter 6 The Thirty and the law
166
chapter 7 Reconciling the Athenians
188
documents and the law
227
chapter 9 The Agora and the democratic citizen
263
oligarchy stasis and the demos
286
chapter 11 The strategies of democracy
313
References
323
Index locorum
342
General index
356
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Julia Shear is a Senior Associate Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

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