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Author Dmitriev, Sviatoslav, author

Title The birth of the Athenian community : from Solon to Cleisthenes / Sviatoslav Dmitriev
Published New York : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 392 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Chapter Introduction: More than a place: Athens in the sixth century -- part PART 1 The kinship community -- chapter 1 The Athenian kinsmen -- chapter 2 Solon's organization of the kinship community -- part PART 2 The legal community -- chapter 3 Politeia and politai -- chapter 4 Solon and the Athenian politeia -- part PART 3 The political community -- chapter 5 Politeia and politics -- chapter 6 Cleisthenes and the emergence of the political community
Summary The Birth of the Athenian Community elucidates the social and political development of Athens in the sixth century, when, as a result of reforms by Solon and Cleisthenes (at the beginning and end of the sixth century, respectively), Athens turned into the most advanced and famous city, or polis, of the entire ancient Greek civilization. Undifermining the current dominant approach, which seeks to explain ancient Athens in modifern terms, dividing all Athenians into citizens and non-citizens, this book rationalizes the development of Athens, and other Greek poleis, as a gradually rising complexity, rather than a linear progression. The multidimensional social fabric of Athens was comprised of three major groups: the kinship community of the astoi, whose privileged status was due to their origins; the legal community of the politai, who enjoyed legal and social equality in the polis; and the political community of the demotai, or adult males with political rights. These communities only partially overlapped. Their evolving relationship determined the course of Athenian history, including Cleisthenes' establishment of demokratia, which was originally, and for a long time, a kinship democracy, since it only belonged to qualified male astoi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Group identity -- Greece -- Athens -- History.
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Greece -- Politics and government -- To 146 B.C.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315112248 (electronic bk.)
1351621440 (electronic bk.)
9781315112244 (electronic bk.)
9781351621441 (electronic bk.)