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Alternatives to Athens: Varieties of Political Organization and Community in Ancient Greece

Roger Brock and Stephen Hodkinson


In 1993 the world celebrated the 2500th anniversary of the birth of democracy in ancient Athens, whose polis — or citizen state — is often viewed as the model ancient Greek state. In an age when democracy has apparently triumphed following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, it tends to be forgetten that the democratic citizen state was only one of many forms of political community in Greek antiquity. This volume aims to redress the balance by showing that democratic Athens was not the model ancient Greek state, and focuses on a range of city states operating a variety of non-democrat ... More

Keywords: ancient Athens, political community, democracy, polis, citizen state, model ancient Greek state, Greek antiquity, city states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Brock, editor
Lecturer in Classics, University of Leeds
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Stephen Hodkinson, editor
Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester
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