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The Classical Athenians were the first to articulate and implement the notion that ordinary citizens of no particular affluence or education could make responsible political decisions. For this reason, reactions to Athenian democracy have long provided a prime Rorschach test for political thought. Whether praising Athens's government as the legitimizing ancestor of modern democracies or condemning it as mob rule, commentators throughout history have revealed much about their own notions of politics and society. In this book, Jennifer Roberts charts responses to Athenian democracy from Athens itself through the twentieth century, exploring a debate that touches upon historiography, ethics, political science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and educational theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691029191
ISBN-10: 0691029199
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 426
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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