Athens and Athenian Democracy

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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These collected papers construct a distinctive view of classical Athens and of Athenian democracy, a view which takes seriously the evidence of settlement archaeology and of art history. This evidence both casts new light on traditional questions and enables new questions to be asked, questions concerning the experience of being an Athenian citizen, how the institutions of democracy affected the Athenian economy, and how the rituals of religion related to the rituals of democratic politics. Unlike books on Athenian democracy which focus on the Assembly and Council, this book gives full weight to women as well as men, slave as well as free, and the rural worker as well as the leisured man about town. Robin Osborne's work has been in the forefront of the resurgence of interest in Athenian law and Athenian religion; these essays are each placed in their scholarly context, and point the direction for future research.

Author Biography

Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He has written and edited numerous works on ancient history, including Greek history (2004); Rethinking revolutions through Classical Greece (co-edited with Simon Goldhill, Cambridge, 2006); and Debating the Athenian cultural revolution: art, literature, philosophy and politics 430-380 BC (edited, Cambridge, 2007).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of tables and appendicesp. xi
Prefacep. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xv
List of places of original publicationp. xviii
Changing visions of democracyp. 1
Making Athenian Democracy Workp. 25
Athenian democracy: something to celebrate?p. 27
The demos and its divisions in classical Athensp. 39
Inscribing performancep. 64
Athenian Democracy and the Athenian Economyp. 83
The economics and politics of slavery at Athensp. 85
Pride and prejudice, sense and subsistence: exchange and society in the Greek cityp. 104
'Is it a farm?' The definition of agricultural sites and settlements in ancient Greecep. 127
The potential mobility of human populationsp. 139
Athenian Democracy and the Athenian Legal Systemp. 169
Law in action in classical Athensp. 171
Vexatious litigation in classical Athens: sykophancy and the sykophantp. 205
Religion, imperial politics and the offering of freedom to slavesp. 229
Law, the democratic citizen and the representation of women in classical Athensp. 244
Changing the discoursep. 267
Athenian Democracy on Displayp. 289
The viewing and obscuring of the Parthenon friezep. 291
Democracy and imperialism in the Panathenaic procession: the Parthenon frieze in its contextp. 306
Athenian Democracy and The Godsp. 323
Competitive festivals and the polis: a context for dramatic festivals at Athensp. 325
The erection and mutilation of the hermaip. 341
The ecstasy and the tragedy: varieties of religious experience in art, drama and societyp. 368
Coda: From ritual to politics, and back againp. 405
Referencesp. 419
Indexp. 449
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