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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631233946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631233947
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 2.6 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a powerful volume that brings democracy into focus through connected readings that continuously widen the context of a reader′s understanding." John Lewis, Bryn Mawr Classical <!––end––>

"As a sourcebook and reader, this book works well: it is clearly signposted and is a sound introduction to ancient democracy." The Classical Review

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Democracy is one of the greatest inventions of the ancient Greeks. This book invites readers to investigate the phenomenon of ancient Greek democracy for themselves, from its earliest roots in the archaic period to its appearance and development in Athens.

The book is comprised of six chapters, presenting questions of continuing interest and controversy. Each one encourages readers to engage with ancient texts in translation and to see how contemporary classical scholars have gained insights from them. Each can be used as a self–contained unit to explore a particular aspect of ancient democratic government. Taken as a whole, the book provides readers with an extensive overview of ancient Greek democracy and the current state of its study. For ease of use, the book contains maps, a glossary, and an index.

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By Vaasemaas on 29 Oct. 2014
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Bought this book for my student Son. He liked it. He had to.
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The riddle of the birth of democracy 16 Dec. 2004
By John C. Landon - Published on
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This is an excellent resource for the study of Greek democracy, because of/despite the course textbook format, which doesn't intrude at all. With selections from ancient Greek writers, and essays, recent or classic, by scholars in the field it gives acomprehensive update on a subject that is too little studied or known. Especially useful is the detailed bibliographical essays on the recent scholarly books on the subject which non-specialists would never have heard of or can't locate.

That democracy was a broader Greek phenomenon that the Athenian, and its persistence somewhat latter than one thought (many of the city states of Alexanders empire became 'democracies' of a sort)is brought out in the text, that and much else from recent research. It is important to see and understand the history of democracy (and empire) for obvious contemporary reasons, especially as we see the Roman juggernaut slowly overtaking this unique and not long enduring birth.

Great resource.
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