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Author Wolpert, Andrew, 1965-

Title Remembering defeat : civil war and civic memory in ancient Athens / Andrew Wolpert
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 190 pages)
Contents ""CONTENTS""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS""; ""PART ONE: THE HISTORICAL SETTING""; ""1: Civil War""; ""2: Restoration of the Democracy""; ""3: Recrimination""; ""PART TWO: CIVIC MEMORY""; ""4: Remembering Amnesty""; ""5: Loyalty to the Demos""; ""6: Constructing a Future""; ""Conclusion""; ""Abbreviations""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""
Summary "In 404 B.C.E. the Peloponnesian War finally came to an end when the Athenians, starved into submission, were forced to accept Sparta's terms of surrender. Shortly afterward a group of thirty conspirators, with Spartan backing, overthrew the democracy and established a narrow oligarchy. Although the oligarchs were in power for only thirteen months, they killed more than 5 percent of the citizenry and terrorized the rest by confiscating the property of some and banishing many others. Despite this brutality, members of the democratic resistance movement that regained control of Athens came to terms with the oligarchs and agreed to an amnesty that protected collaborators from prosecution for all but the most severe crimes." "The war and subsequent reconciliation of Athenian society has been a rich field for historians of ancient Greece. From a rhetorical and idealogical standpoint, this period is unique because of the extraordinary lengths to which the Athenians went to maintain peace. In Remembering Defeat, Andrew Wolpert claims that the peace was "negotiated and constructed in civic discourse" and not imposed upon the populace. Wolpert sheds light on changes in Athenian ideology by using public speeches of the early fourth century to consider how the Athenians confronted the troubling memories of defeat and civil war, and how they explained to themselves an agreement that allowed the conspirators and their collaborators to go unpunished. Encompassing rhetorical analysis, trauma studies, and recent scholarship on identity, memory, and law, Wolpert's study sheds new light on a pivotal period in Athens' history."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-184) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Democracy -- Greece.
Athens (Greece) -- History -- Thirty Tyrants, 404-403 B.C.
Greece -- History -- Macedonian Expansion, 359-323 B.C.
Greece -- History -- Spartan and Theban Supremacies, 404-362 B.C.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001000950
ISBN 0801867908
0801877199 (electronic bk.)
9780801877193 (electronic bk.)