Cleisthenes I: The Constitution
This essay focuses on Cleisthenes, whose name has become permanently linked with the constitution under which Athens flourished for nearly 200 years. Modern writers have depicted Cleisthenes as a man who turns himself into a popular leader at a late stage, in order to achieve personal power. This picture derives ultimately from one source: Herodotus (V 66-72). Aristotle of course had other sources for his account of Cleisthenes' constitution, but his statement in Ath. Pol. 20.1 is viewed as a direct elaboration of Herodotus. The constitution of Cleisthenes is discussed.
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