The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora, Issue 4

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ASCSA, 2004 - History - 32 pages
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The artefacts and monuments of the Athenian Agora provide our best evidence for the workings of ancient democracy. As a concise introduction to these physical traces, this book has been a bestseller since it was first published almost 20 years ago. Showing how central tribal identity was to all aspects of civic life, the text guides the reader through the duties of citizenship - as soldier in times of war and as juror during the peace. The checks and balances that protected Athenian society from tyrants, such as legal assassination and ostracism, are described. Selected inscriptions are illustrated and discussed, as are ingenious devices such as allotment machines and water clocks, which insured fairness in the courts. The book ends with some of the lasting products of classical administration - the silver coins accepted around the known world, and the standard weights and measures that continue to protect the consumer from unscrupulous merchants. Now illustrated entirely in colour, with updates and revisions by the current director of excavations at the Agora, this new edition of an acknowledged classic will inform and fascinate visitors and students for many years to come.
  

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Contents

THE AGORA AND PNYX
5
TRIBES AND DEMES
7
THE EPONYMOUS HEROES
9
MILITARY SERVICE
10
THE COUNCIL AND THE MAGISTRATES
15
LAW AGAINST TYRANNY
19
OSTRACISM
20
JUDICIARY AND LAWCOURTS
22
ATHENIAN CURRENCY
27
STANDARD WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
30
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About the author (2004)

Mabel Lang is Professor Emerita at Bryn Mawr College. John McK. Camp II has been director of excavations in the Athenian Agora for over 10 years and is also Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College.

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