Democracy Beyond Athens: Popular Government in the Greek Classical Age

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 22, 2011 - Business & Economics - 275 pages
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What was ancient democracy like? Why did it spread in ancient Greece? An astonishing number of volumes has been devoted to the well-attested Athenian case, while non-Athenian democracy - for which evidence is harder to come by - has received only fleeting attention. Nevertheless, there exists a scattered body of ancient material regarding democracy beyond Athens, from ancient literary authors and epigraphic documents to archaeological evidence, out of which one can build an understanding of the phenomenon. This book presents a detailed study of ancient Greek democracy in the Classical period (480 - 323 BC), focusing on examples outside Athens. It has three main goals: to identify where and when democratic governments established themselves in ancient Greek city-states; to explain why democracy spread to many parts of Greece in this period; and to further our understanding of the nature of ancient democracy by studying its practices beyond Athens.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
chapter 1 Classical demokratiai on the Greek mainland central Greece and the Peloponnese
6
chapter 2 Classical demokratiai in western and northwestern Greece plus Cyrene
67
chapter 3 Classical demokratiai in eastern Greece
137
chapter 4 The spread of democracy in the Classical period
182
chapter 5 The nature of Classical democracy outside Athens
217
appendix Data for Figures 4144
248
Bibliography
251
Index
269
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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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