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Introduction

Kurt A. Raaflaub

in Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780520245624
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245624.003.0001
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Athenian democracy has aggravated and yielded most impressive results over the past thirty years or so. The growth and functioning of democratic institutions and of the democratic system as a whole, as well as individual aspects such as the roles of the elite, leaders, and the masses, and democratic terminology, have been analyzed and reconstructed in detail. Democracy's relation to its opponents, on the individual and collective, political, and intellectual levels; its impact on religion, law, warfare, ideology, and culture; and the reactions it motivated from antiquity to the modern age have been reexamined thoroughly and comprehensively. This democracy in addition is no longer mainly the property of specialists among classicists: it has become a matter of public interest. The year 1993 marked the 2,500th anniversary of a comprehensive set of reforms enacted in ancient Athens in 508/7 b.c.e.

Keywords: Athens; democracy; ideology; antiquity; classicist

Chapter.  9623 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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