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Democracy in Classical Athens | Christopher Carey | Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Subject: Classics civilization
Curriculum: National UK
Language: English
Classoos code: 13148
Digitization: Live text
Published: 01/12/2017
ISBN: 9781474286381
Hardcopy ISBN: 9781474286367

Democracy in Classical Athens

Classical World Series

Christopher Carey

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For two centuries classical Athens enjoyed almost uninterrupted democratic government. This was not a parliamentary democracy of the modern sort but a direct democracy in which all citizens were free to participate in the business of government. Throughout this period Athens was the cultural centre of Greece and one of the major Greek powers. This book traces the development and operation of the political system and explores its underlying principles. Christopher Carey assesses the ancient sources of the history of Athenian democracy and evaluates criticisms of the system, ancient and modern. He also provides a virtual tour of the political cityscape of ancient Athens, describing the main political sites and structures, including the theatre.