By Luca Asmonti
This quantity offers quite a lot of literary and epigraphic assets at the heritage of the world's first democracy, providing a complete survey of the foremost subject matters and ideas of Athenian democratic tradition. starting with the legendary origins of Athenian democracy less than Theseus and describing the old improvement of Athens' democratic associations via Solon's reforms to the start of democracy less than Cleisthenes, the booklet addresses the broader cultural and social repercussions of the democratic process, concluding with a survey of Athenian democracy within the Hellenistic and Roman age. All assets are awarded in translation with complete annotation and observation and every bankruptcy opens with an creation to supply history and course for readers. resources contain fabric via Aristotle, Homer, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Cicero, Tacitus and so on. the amount additionally contains an A-Z of key words, an annotated bibliography with feedback for additional studying within the fundamental assets in addition to sleek severe works on Athenian democracy, and a whole index.
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But there are many other false stories which the people hold for true, because they do not know anything about history and consider trustworthy whatever tales they have heard in the tragedies and choruses since childhood. Take Theseus: he was in fact a monarch, and after the death of Melanthus,1 the descendants of Theseus continued to rule the city up to their fourth generation. [c] Plut. Thes. 2: The death of Theseus. Centuries later, Cimon recovers the bones of Theseus Theseus was overpowered by the demagogues and political factions.
Pol. 6-9: Principles and institutions of democracy Liberty is the founding principle of a democracy: as is generally asserted, democracy is the only kind of constitution where all citizens partake of liberty, because, as they say, liberty is the end of democracy. Now, one of the elements of liberty is to rule and be ruled in turn, for the democratic notion of justice is based on numerical equality, not on merit. Since this is the prevailing notion of justice, it necessarily follows that in a democracy the people are sovereign, and the decisions of the majority are final and constitute justice, because, as they say, every citizen must have an equal share in the government.
Thucydides says that Theseus’ was the first synoecism of Attica. The second took place at the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War, when Pericles persuaded the Athenians who lived in the rural districts of Attica to move into the walls of the city. In fact, the historian seems to portray Theseus as a kind of Pericles ante-litteram: a leader who used his superior political and intellectual strength to enforce revolutionary measures which, albeit necessary, were bound to have very traumatic consequences on the lives of the people of Attica.
Athenian Democracy: A Sourcebook (Bloomsbury Sources in Ancient History) by Luca Asmonti