The Political Organization of Attica: A Study of the Demes, Trittyes, and Phylai, and Their Representation in the Athenian Council

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ASCSA, 1975 - History - 134 pages
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Using inscriptions recording council membership recovered by excavations in the Athenian Agora, the author presents a detailed reconstruction of the political geography of Attica. The reforms of the 6th-century B.C. politician Cleisthenes organized Athenian citizens into ten tribes (phylai), divided into thirty "thirds" (trittyes) and 139 local units (demes). The author shows how this visionary arrangement was maintained almost unchanged until at least 200 B.C. and provided the basis for the whole representative system at the center of ancient democracy. Charts and tables document the evidence in great detail, but the whole arrangement is made easier to understand by the inclusion of a color map, the basis for almost all scholarship on Athenian politics since this book was first published.
 

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Contents

THE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL TEN PHYLAI
1
Table illustrating the organization of the Macedonian phylar
26
THE BOULEUTIC ORGANIZATION OF THE ORIGINAL TEN PHYLAI
35
Topographical Table I Erechtheis
37
REPRESENTATION IN THE ATHENIAN COUNCIL CONCLUSION
56
Table to illustrate the consistency of deme quotas
57
The relative sizes of the demes
67
THE ATTIC DEMES
73
The number of Athenian constitutional demes
102
Prytany Inscriptions with little or no Evidence for Represen
104
Alphabetical List of the Constitutional Demes and Assignment
109
The Homonymous and Divided Demes
123
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