After Demosthenes: The Politics of Early Hellenistic Athens

After Demosthenes: The Politics of Early Hellenistic Athens

By: Andrew J. Bayliss (author)Hardback

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This volume challenges preconceptions of Athenian politics and history. It sets out to demonstrate that the widely received view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders were radically different from their Classical counterparts is fundamentally flawed. Through a re-examination of the internal politics of Hellenistic Athens, both in terms of its key institutions and its political leaders, After Demosthenes provides a comprehensive analysis of Athenian political life from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic evidence the book identifies those who participated in the governing of Athens, and their motives for doing so, and redefines the nature of Athenian political ideology in the process. The leading political figures, each of whom can be identified with a particular ideological viewpoint, are explored in a series of biographical studies. Examining the intellectual origins of modern scholarly criticism of democracy in the Athens of this period, this volume shows how the politics of scholarly discourse have distorted modern views of Hellenistic Athens.

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Dr Andrew Bayliss is a Lecturer in Greek History in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham, UK.


Part 1: Life after Demosthenes? Plutarch's legacy; A: Greek history in the Enlightenment: the Athens-Sparta debate; B: The nature of the sources - 1. Early modern ideas of decline; 2. Modern and ancient views of race - cringing before barbarians; 3. Modern and ancient attitudes to 'liberty' - Athens as the paragon of liberty; Part 2: The politics of early Hellenistic Athens; A: Ideology in Hellenistic Athens - 1. Modern perceptions of ideology in Hellenistic Athens; 2. Defining ideology; B: Democracy in Hellenistic Athens - 1. Popular participation in Hellenistic Athenian democracy; 2. Democratic revival (a) the democratic counter-coup of 319/8; 3. Democratic revival (b) Stratoclean democracy; 4. Democratic revival (c) the democracy 'of all Athenians'; 5. Hellenistic democracy - not maritime but equine?; C: The enemy within - oligarchy in Hellenistic Athens; 1. Oligarchy in action (a) the oligarchy of 322/1; 2. Oligarchy in action (b) Demetrius of Phalerum's 'tyranny'; Part 3: Politics in practice - the leaders of Hellenistic Athens; 1. Phocion; 2. Stratocles of Diomeia; 3. Olympiodorus; 4. Callippus of Eleusis.

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/05/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781441111517
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781441111517
  • weight: 581
  • ISBN10: 1441111514

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