The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora [Paperback]

Mabel Lang(Author); John McK. Camp(Author)

ISBN: 9780876616420 | Published by: American School of Classical Studies at Athens | Series: Agora Picture Book | Volume: 4 | Year of Publication: 2004 | Language: English 32p, H8.5 x W5.5, 40 col figs
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The Athenian Citizen


A concise introduction to the workings of ancient democracy, The Athenian Citizen has been a bestseller since the original edition was first published almost 60 years ago by Mabel Lang. Using archaeological evidence from excavations at the heart of ancient Athens, this volume shows how tribal identity was central to all aspects of civic life, guiding the reader through the duties of citizenship as soldier in times of war and as juror during the peace. The checks and balances that protected Athenian society from tyrants, such as legal assassination and ostracism, are described. Selected inscriptions are illustrated and discussed, as are ingenious devices such as allotment machines and water clocks, which ensured fairness in the courts. The book ends with some of the lasting products of classical administration: the silver coins accepted around the known world and the standard weights and measures that continue to protect the consumer from unscrupulous merchants. Illustrated entirely in color, with updates and revisions by the current director of excavations at the Agora, this edition of an acknowledged classic will inform and fascinate visitors and students for many years to come.

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"“This slim volume is . . . well-worth including as required reading for almost any introductory undergraduate course to Greek civilization, [and] will likewise be attractive to the interested layperson as a brief and general introduction to some of the most important issues of Athenian political life.”"
Stephanie Larson, Bucknell University
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2005.08.12)

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