The Birth of Democracy [Hardback]

Josiah Ober (Editor); Charles W. Hedrick (Author)

ISBN: 9780876619506 | Published by: American School of Classical Studies at Athens | Year of Publication: 1993 | Language: English 179p, H203 x W203 (mm) with b/w and col photos.

The Birth of Democracy


This is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the National Archives in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the beginnings of democracy in Athens, interpreted as the implementation of Cleisthenes' governmental reforms. This informative catalogue includes color illustrations of the objects displayed: sculptures, architectural models, and small objects from Athens and from museums in America and Europe. The objects are set in context with nine short essays.

Table of Contents

Writing and the Athenian democracy (C. W. Hedrick); Representations of Athenian democracy in Attic document reliefs (C. Lawton); The birth of democracy (P. G. Calligas); Pottery, private life and politics (P. Shapiro); Personifications of democracy (O. Tzachou-Delmouzou); A court trial in Athens early in the 4th century B.C. (A. L. Boegehold); Oaths and oathtaking in ancient Athens (D. Peppa-Delmouzou); The political rhetoric of America’s founders (J. Roberts); 19th-century photography in Athens (A. Szegedy-Maszak).

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