The Regime of Demetrius of Phalerum in Athens, 317-307 BCE: A Philosopher in Politics

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BRILL, 2009 - History - 344 pages
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Erudite and urbane, a scion of the Peripatos, Demetrius of Phalerum dominated Athenian political life for a decade (317-307 B.C.E.) with Macedonian support. Viewed by some as the embodiment of the longed-for 'philosopher-king', Demetrius has been seen a test case for the interplay of philosophical training and political praxis in antiquity. This book, through a close re-examination of the fragmentary and diffuse testimonia for Demetrius decade, argues that such a view misunderstands his legislative, constitutional and financial reforms, which should rather be seen within the context of Macedonian suzerainty, Athenian self-interest, and contemporary social changes. Such a context also affords a better understanding of the dynamic relations between the Macedonian generals and the preeminent Greek city at the dawn of the Hellenistic era.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Demetrius
9
the Moral
45
Chapter Three The Institutions of Democracy
105
The Economic
165
Chapter Five Philosophy and the Phalerean Regime
197
Chapter Six Athens and Cassander
241
Chapter Seven Conclusion
289
The Literary sources for the regime of Demetrius
305
Gunaikonomoi nomophulakesa comparison
312
Works Cited
319
Index locorum
335
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Lara O Sullivan, Ph.D. (2000) in Ancient History, The University of Western Australia, is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia. She has published on the politics and religion of Hellenistic Athens.