Decrees of Fourth-Century Athens (403/2-322/1 BC): Volume 2, Political and Cultural Perspectives: The Literary Evidence

Decrees of Fourth-Century Athens (403/2-322/1 BC): Volume 2, Political and Cultural Perspectives

The Literary Evidence
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No. of pages:318 pages
Size:235x158x18 mm
Weight:640 g
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Comprehensive collection, translation and analysis of the literary evidence for fourth-century Athenian decrees, offering perspectives on politics and direct democracy.

Long description:
Decree-making is a defining aspect of ancient Greek political activity: it was the means by which city-state communities went about deciding to get things done. This two-volume work provides a new view of the decree as an institution within the framework of fourth-century Athenian democratic political activity. Volume 1 consists of a comprehensive account of the literary evidence for decrees of the fourth-century Athenian assembly. Volume 2 analyses how decrees and decree-making, by offering both an authoritative source for the narrative of the history of the Athenian demos and a legitimate route for political self-promotion, came to play an important role in shaping Athenian democratic politics. Peter Liddel assesses ideas about, and the reality of, the dissemination of knowledge of decrees among both Athenians and non-Athenians and explains how they became significant to the wider image and legacy of the Athenians.
Table of Contents:
Introduction; 1. The social capital of the decree; 2. Appropriation and aspiration: decrees in the pursuit of political self-interest; 3. The dissemination of fourth-century Athenian decrees: local audiences; 4. The audiences of decrees beyond Athenian citizens; 5. Literary representations of Athenian decrees; Conclusion.