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Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece

Kurt Raaflaub


This book presents a state-of-the-art debate about the origins of Athenian democracy by five scholars. The result is a critical exploration and interpretation of the extant evidence on this topic. The authors address such questions as: Why was democracy first realized in ancient Greece? Was it “invented” or did it evolve over a long period of time? What were the conditions for democracy, the social and political foundations that made this development possible? And what factors turned its possibility into necessity and reality? The authors first examine the conditions in early Greek society tha ... More

Keywords: Athenian democracy, ancient Greece, political foundations, equality, people's power, reforms, Solon, Cleisthenes, Ephialtes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520245624
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kurt Raaflaub, author