What was ancient democracy like? Why did it spread in ancient Greece? An astonishing number of volumes has been devoted to the well-attested Athenian case, while non-Athenian democracy - for which evidence is harder to come by - has received only fleeting attention. Nevertheless, there exists a scattered body of ancient material regarding democracy beyond Athens, from ancient literary authors and epigraphic documents to archaeological evidence, out of which one can build an understanding of the phenomenon. This book presents a detailed study of ancient Greek democracy in the Classical period (480 - 323 BC), focusing on examples outside Athens. It has three main goals: to identify where and when democratic governments established themselves in ancient Greek city-states; to explain why democracy spread to many parts of Greece in this period; and to further our understanding of the nature of ancient democracy by studying its practices beyond Athens.
Author: Eric W. Robinson Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 09/22/2011 Pages: 286 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 1.20lbs Size: 9.10h x 6.00w x 0.80d ISBN: 9780521843317
Review Citation(s): Choice 07/01/2012
About the Author Robinson, Eric W.: - Eric W. Robinson is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Indiana University. He has published widely on ancient democracy, and previous books include Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources (2003) and Oikistes: Studies in Constitutions, Colonies, and Military Power in the Ancient World Offered in Honor of A. J. Graham (co-edited with Vanessa Gorman, 2002).