The fifth century BC witnessed not only the emergence of one of the first democracies, but also the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars. John Thorley provides a concise analysis of the development and operation of Athenian democracy against this backdrop. Taking into account both primary source material and the work of modern historians, Athenian Democracy examines: * the prelude to democracy * how the democractic system emerged * how this system worked in practice * the efficiency of this system of government * the success of Athenian democracy.
Including a useful chronology and blibliography, this second edition has been updated to take into account recent research.
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2nd Revised edition
Series: Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History
02 September 2004
Professional and scholarly
Further / Higher Education
Introduction Prelude to democracy The democratic system: Kleisthenes' reforms The democratic system: later reforms The system in practice An overview Bibliography