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Athens on Trial : The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought.

Author: Jennifer T Roberts
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press Ewing : California Princeton Fulfillment Services [distributor] Jan. 1997
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: Electronic book
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer T Roberts
ISBN: 9780691029191 0691029199
OCLC Number: 1055324462
Target Audience: College Audience
Description: 1 online resource (426 pages)



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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