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Democracy, Origins of <i>Contribution to a Debate</i>

Paul Cartledge

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/9780520245624.003.0006
Democracy, Origins of Contribution to a Debate

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The study of the Athenian political order is one of today's most inspiring and active areas of ancient Greek history. It is therefore within a much wider framework than just the political history of Athens that the issue of the origins of democracy in ancient Greece must now be contemplated. Greece should at least mean Hellas, the Greek world as a whole, not just Athens and Robinson. But obviously, though this may be the case for a specialist in ancient Greek history, it is not necessarily so to nonspecialist general readers or even to most historians of modern and contemporary democratic political, who begin with a ritual obeisance to the ancient Greece. Ancient Greek democracy was a total social phenomenon, a culture and not merely a political system.

Keywords: Hellas; Robinson; Athenian political order; obeisance; social phenomenon

Chapter.  6889 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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