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Athenian Democratic Origins: and Other Essays

Geoffrey de Ste. Croix, David Harvey, and Robert Parker


This book presents a number of interconnected essays, in which the late Geoffrey de Ste. Croix defends the institutions of the Athenian democracy, showing that they were much more practical, rational, and impartial than has usually been acknowledged. One major essay provides a new view of Aristotle's use of sources in The Constitution of the Athenians, on which so much of our knowledge of Athenian constitutional history depends. The essays also argue that commercial factors had much less influence on Greek politics than modern scholars tend to assume, and that there was no such thing in any Gr ... More

Keywords: Geoffrey de Ste. Croix, Athenian democracy, Aristotle, Athenian constitutional history, commercial aristocracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199255177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey de Ste. Croix, author
(late) Fellow of New College, Oxford

David Harvey, editor
formerly Lecturer in Classics, University of Exeter

Robert Parker, editor
Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford
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