The First Democracies: Early Popular Government Outside Athens

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Franz Steiner Verlag, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 144 pages
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Athens is often considered to have been the birth place of democracy but there were many democracies in Greece during the Classical period and this is a study of the other democratic states. Robinson begins by discussing the meaning of democracy and its ancient meanings, he then examines Greek terminology, investigates the evidence for democratic states and draws conclusions about its emergence.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction
9
Note on Terminology
11
Defining Democracy
13
2 Democratic Beginnings
16
3 Ancient and Modern Democracy Compared
25
Demokratia
35
2 Demokratia in Earlier Authors
45
8Cnidus
101
9 Cos
103
lOCyrene
105
11 Elis
108
12 Heraclea Pontica
111
13 Mantinea
113
14 Megara
114
15 Naxos
117

3 Conclusion
62
Archaic Demokratiai
65
2 Achaea and Her Colonies
73
3 Acragas
78
4 Ambracia
80
5 Argos
82
6Chalcis
88
7 Chios
90
16Samos
118
17 Syracuse
120
Conclusion
123
2 The Emergence of Greek Democracy
127
Bibliography
131
Index
141
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Eric W. Robinson is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Indiana University. He has published widely on ancient democracy, and previous books include Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources (2003) and Oikistes: Studies in Constitutions, Colonies, and Military Power in the Ancient World Offered in Honor of A. J. Graham (co-edited with Vanessa Gorman, 2002).

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