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Alternatives to AthensVarieties of Political Organization and Community in Ancient Greece$
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Roger Brock and Stephen Hodkinson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258109

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258109.001.0001

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Oligarchs in Athens

Oligarchs in Athens

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Alternatives to Athens


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This chapter looks for oligarchs, and more generally for opponents of democracy, in Athens; to see who they were, what opinions and objectives they held, and why. It begins with men better described as ur-oligarchs, those who were active before the concepts of democracy and oligarchy were formulated in the first half of the 5th century, but who were on the side of the upper class and were opposed to developments which would be detrimental to their power and position.

Keywords:   ur-oligarchs, oligarchy, Athens, democracy

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