Probably written by a student of Aristotle, The Athenian Constitution is both a history and an analysis of Athens’ political machinery between the seventh and fourth centuries BC, which stands as a model of democracy at a time when city-states lived under differing kinds of government. The writer recounts the major reforms of Solon, the rule of the tyrant Pisistratus and his sons, the emergence of the democracy in which power was shared by all free male citizens, and the leadership of Pericles and the demagogues who followed him. He goes on to examine the city’s administration in his own time – the council, the officials and the judicial system. For its information on Athens’ development and how the democracy worked, The Athenian Constitution is an invaluable source of knowledge about the Athenian city-state.
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Table Of Contents
The Athenian ConstitutionList of Illustrations and Maps Introduction
THE ATHENIAN CONSTITUTION THE EPITOME OF HERACLIDES
Notes Chronological Table Bibliography Glossary and Subject Index Index of Persons and Places
Aristotle was born at Stageira, in the dominion of the kings of Macedonia, in 384 BC. For twenty years he studied at Athens in the Academy of Plato, on whose death in 347 he left, and, some time later, became… More about Aristotle
Published by Penguin Classics Oct 02, 1984| 208 Pages| ISBN 9780140444315