Athenian Democracy: A Sourcebook (Bloomsbury Sources in by Luca Asmonti

By Luca Asmonti

This quantity offers quite a lot of literary and epigraphic resources at the heritage of the world's first democracy, providing a complete survey of the major issues and ideas of Athenian democratic tradition. starting with the legendary origins of Athenian democracy below Theseus and describing the historic improvement of Athens' democratic associations via Solon's reforms to the start of democracy lower than Cleisthenes, the publication addresses the broader cultural and social repercussions of the democratic approach, concluding with a survey of Athenian democracy within the Hellenistic and Roman age. All assets are awarded in translation with complete annotation and statement and every bankruptcy opens with an advent to supply heritage and course for readers. resources comprise fabric via Aristotle, Homer, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Cicero, Tacitus and so forth. the quantity additionally contains an A-Z of keywords, an annotated bibliography with feedback for extra analyzing within the basic resources in addition to smooth severe works on Athenian democracy, and a whole index.

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In later times the Athenians turned to revere Theseus like a demi-god, especially because many of those who had fought at Marathon against the Persians thought they had seen an apparition of Theseus in arms rushing against the barbarians in front of them. After the end of the Persian Wars, under the archonship of Phaidon, the Athenians interrogated the Pyhtia, and were told to recover the bones of Theseus and to give them honourable burial in their city and to guard them there. But it was very difficult to localize his grave and collect the bones, owing to the harsh and hostile nature of the Dolopians, who then lived on the island of Scyros.

So she planted an olive tree which can still be seen in the Pandrosium. When the two began to quarrel over the possession of the country, Zeus parted them and appointed judges to solve the matter. These judges were not Cecrops and Cranaus, as some people have said, but the twelve gods, and their verdict was that the land should belong to Athena, because Cecrops himself had witnessed that she was the first to have planted the olive tree. So Athena called the city Athens after herself, and Poseidon, angry in his heart, flooded the Triasian plain and put Attica under water.

Strife and Riot were among them. Destructive Death was also there, holding one man who had just been wounded, and another one who was unwounded. Another one, dead, she dragged by the heel through the tumult. The shoulders of her tunic were dark of the blood of mortal men. They joined battle with one another as mortal men, and fought, dragging away one another’s dead. He also engraved a soft, rich field. It was broad and fallow, and had been ploughed three times. There were many ploughmen, who were turning the drive of the yoke here and there.

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