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Author Sinclair, Robert (Robert K.)

Title Democracy and participation in Athens / R.K. Sinclair.

Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1991.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.9385 SINC    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  320.9385 SINC    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  320.9385 SINC    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  320.9385 SINC    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  320.9385 SINC    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  320.9385 SINC    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  320.9385 SINC    AVAILABLE
Edition Paperback ed.
Physical description xv, 253 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 230-241.
Contents 1 Athenian polis and the evolution of democracy -- 1.1 Athenian views of developments to c. 500 B.C. 1 -- 1.2 Growing power of Athens c. 500-c. 450 5 -- 1.3 Socio-economic changes c. 480-c. 450 9 -- 1.4 Athenian perceptions and confidence in the 450s: demokratia 13 -- 1.5 Characteristics of Athenian democracy c. 450 17 -- 1.6 Participation of citizens in the polis c. 450-322 20 -- 2 Privileges and the opportunities of the citizen -- 2.1 Athenian attitudes to citizenship 24 -- 2.2 Citizens, metics and slaves 28 -- 2.3 Opportunities for leadership 34 -- 3 Responsibilities of the citizen -- 3.1 Family and local interests and responsibilities 49 -- 3.2 Religious cults and festivals 53 -- 3.3 Obligations of military service 54 -- 3.4 Financial obligations 61 -- 3.5 Political and judicial fields 65 -- 3.6 Role of the Council of 500 73 -- 4 Sovereignty of the Demos, officials and the Council -- 4.1 Accountability of officials to the Demos 77 -- 4.2 Assembly and the making and revision of laws 83 -- 4.3 Council of 500 and the decision-making process 84 -- 4.4 Decrees of the assembly 88 -- 4.5 A crucial role? 101 -- 5 Citizens and participation -- 5.1 Council of 500: active participation or manipulation? 106 -- 5.2 Attendance levels in the assembly 114 -- 5.3 Assembly and the courts 119 -- 5.4 Character and the attraction of the courts 127 -- 5.5 Assembly or the courts? 133 -- 6 Hazards of leadership -- 6.1 Role of individuals 136 -- 6.2 Leaders, 'occasional proposers' and ordinary citizens in the fourth century 138 -- 6.3 Networks in public life 141 -- 6.4 Risks faced by military commanders 146 -- 6.5 Indictment for making an illegal proposal 152 -- 6.6 Dangers of impeachment 156 -- 6.7 Were the stakes high? 160 -- Appendix A note on Aristophon 162 -- 7 Rewards of leadership -- 7.1 Rewards and the hazards: three contemporaries 163 -- 7.2 Was the Demos ruthless? 169 -- 7.3 Honour and power 176 -- 7.4 Material rewards in public life 179 -- 7.5 Political networks 186 -- 7.6 Harnessing of 'ambition' 188 -- 8 Critics of Athenian democracy -- 8.1 Factors in the extent of participation 191 -- 8.2 Cost of participation - exploitation of others? 196 -- 8.3 Consequences of participation 202 -- 8.4 Did Athenian democracy work? Amateurs and experts 211 -- 8.5 Factors in the support for democracy 218 -- Appendix 1 Population of Athens 223 -- Appendix 2 'Working days' 225 -- Appendix 3 Notes on three constitutional matters 228.
Summary This book is concerned with the public aspects of the life of Athenian citizens in the period from c. 450 to 322 B.C.
Professor Sinclair examines the historical background and changes in the Athenian democracy and its institutions, but his central purpose is a critical assessment of the character and extent of citizens' participation. This he carries out by raising certain fundamental questions: How--by what means and through what institutions--did Athenian citizens take part in the public life of Athens? Why did they participate, or not participate? In what numbers, and how actively, did they play a part in the assembly, the law courts and the Council of 500? What were the rewards, and the hazards, for ambitious individuals? How have contemporary and modern critics assessed the degree, the cost and the consequences of participation?
Subject Political participation -- Greece -- Athens.
Athens (Greece) -- Politics and government.
ISBN 0521423899 (paperback)