The Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes: Structure, Principles, and Ideology
The Athenian democracy of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. is the most famous and perhaps most nearly perfect example of direct democracy. Covering the period 403-322 B.C., Mogens Herman Hansen focuses on the crucial last thirty years, which coincided with the political career of Demosthenes. Hansen distinguishes between the city's seven political institutions: the Assembly, the nomothetai, the People's Court, the boards of magistrates, the Council of Five Hundred, the Areopagos, and ho boulomenos. He discusses how Athenians conceived liberty both as the ability to participate in the decision-making process and as the right to live without oppression from the state or other citizens. Equality was conceived of as an equality not of nature but of opportunity.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Direct Democracy in Historical Perspective
The Athenian Constitution down to 403
Athens as a CityState and as a Democracy
The Assembly of the People
The Laws and the Nomothetai
The Peoples Court
The Council of Five Hundred
The Political Leaders
Other editions - View all
accuser administration Aeschin Agora Andoc apophasis archai archon Areopagos Arist Aristotle Aristotle's Assembly meeting Athenian citizen Athenian democracy atimia Attica boards of magistrates boulomenos called citizenship city-states Constitution of Athens council of five councillors decisions decrees demes democratic demokratia demos Demosthenes dikasteria dokimasia drachmas ekklesia elected eleutheria equality euthynai evidence festival fifth century Fornara fourth century graphe paranomon Greek Hansen historians hoplites Hypereides IG II2 important institutions Isoc jurors jury Kleisthenes legislative liturgies Lycurg magistrates metics modern nomos nomothetai oath obols oligarchical orators organs participation parties passed People's Court Perikles person Plut Pnyx polis politeia political activity political leaders private suits probouleuma procedure proedroi proposal prytany psephisma public prosecutions reforms rhetores Rhodes rule selected by lot show of hands slaves Solon Solonian sortition sources speakers speeches strategoi symmories thesmothetai Thuc tribe trierarchy vote whereas zeugitai