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This book is the result of a long and fruitful conversation among practitioners of two very different fields: ancient history and political theory. The topic of the conversation is classical Greek democracy and its contemporary relevance. The nineteen contributors remain diverse in their political commitments and in their analytic approaches, but all have engaged deeply with Greek texts, with normative and historical concerns, and with each others' arguments. The issues and tensions examined here are basic to both history and political theory: revolution versus stability, freedom and equality, law and popular sovereignty, cultural ideals and social practice. While the authors are sharply critical of many aspects of Athenian society, culture, and government, they are united by a conviction that classical Athenian democracy has once again become a centrally important subject for political debate.

The contributors are Benjamin R. Barber, Alan Boegehold, Paul Cartledge, Susan Guettel Cole, W. Robert Connor, Carol Dougherty, J. Peter Euben, Mogens H. Hansen, Victor D. Hanson, Carnes Lord, Philip Brook Manville, Ian Morris, Martin Ostwald, Kurt Raaflaub, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts, Barry S. Strauss, Robert W. Wallace, Sheldon S. Wolin, and Ellen Meiksins Wood.

Synopsis:

This book is the result of a long and fruitful conversation among practitioners of two very different fields: ancient history and political theory. The topic of the conversation is classical Greek democracy and its contemporary relevance.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [401]-447) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Contributors
Introduction: Democracies Ancient and Modern3
The Strong Principle of Equality and the Archaic Origins of Greek Democracy19
Shares and Rights: "Citizenship" Greek Style and American Style49
Transgression, Equality, and Voice63
The Ancient Athenian and the Modern Liberal View of Liberty as a Democratic Ideal91
Law, Freedom, and the Concept of Citizens' Rights in Democratic Athens105
Demos versus "We, the People": Freedom and Democracy Ancient and Modern121
Equalities and Inequalities in Athenian Democracy139
Comparatively Equal175
Athenian Equality: A Constant Surrounded by Flux187
Resistance to Change in the Law at Athens203
Civil Society, Dionysiac Festival, and the Athenian Democracy217
Oath Ritual and the Male Community at Athens227
Democratic Contradictions and the Synoptic Illusion of Euripides' Ion249
Aristotle and the Idea of Liberal Education271
Hoplites into Democrats: The Changing Ideology of Athenian Infantry289
The Athenian Trireme, School of Democracy313
Reading Democracy: "Socratic" Dialogues and the Political Education of Democratic Citizens327
Misreading Democracy: Peter Euben and the Gorgias361
Ancient Greek Democracy and the Modern Knowledge-Based Organization: Reflections on the Ideology of Two Revolutions377
Bibliography401
Index449

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691011080
Editor:
Hedrick, Charles; Ober, Josiah
Editor:
Hedrick, Charles
Editor:
Hedrick, Charles
Editor:
Ober, Josiah
Author:
Hedrick, Charles
Author:
Ober, Josiah
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Archaeology and Ancient History
Subject:
Democracy -- Greece -- Athens -- History.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks
Series Volume:
bk. 5
Publication Date:
October 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 25 oz

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