Ancient History & Civilisation

Athenian Democracy: A Sourcebook

Athenian Democracy: A Sourcebook

This volume presents a wide range of literary and epigraphic sources on the history of the world's first democracy, offering a comprehensive survey of the key themes and principles of Athenian democratic culture. Beginning with the mythical origins of Athenian democracy under Theseus and describing the historical development of Athens' democratic institutions through Solon's reforms to the birth of democracy under Cleisthenes, the book addresses the wider cultural and social repercussions of the democratic system, concluding with a survey of Athenian democracy in the Hellenistic and Roman age. All sources are presented in translation with full annotation and commentary and each chapter opens with an introduction to provide background and direction for readers. Sources include material by Aristotle, Homer, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Cicero, Tacitus and many others. The volume also includes an Az of key terms, an annotated bibliography with suggestions for further reading in the primary sources as well as modern critical works on Athenian democracy, and a full index.



Chapter 1. What Do We Mean By Polis?

Chapter 2. The Birth of Athens and the Roots of Democracy

Chapter 3. Two Lawgivers: Draco and Solon

Chapter 4. Pisistratus: Tyranny as a Pathway to Democracy

Chapter 5. Cleisthenes and the Birth of Democracy

Chapter 6. Democracy, Empire and the Persian Wars

Chapter 7. Democracy Accomplished

Chapter 8. Building a Unique Community

Chapter 9. Democracy and the Problem of Individual Leadership

Chapter 10. Athens, the Democratic Empire

Chapter 11. Democracy and the Effects of the Peloponnesian War: Crisis and Reconstruction

Chapter 12. Democracy Abolished and Restored

Chapter 13. Athenian Democracy in the Fourth Century


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