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By Niall Livingstone

The electorate of historic Athens have been at once liable for the advance and tool of its democracy; yet how did they know about politics and what their roles have been inside of it? during this quantity Livingstone argues that studying approximately political praxis (how to be a citizen) was once an essential component of the standard lifetime of old Athenians. within the streets, retailers and different meeting-places of town humans from all degrees of society, from slaves to the very prosperous, exchanged wisdom and competed for energy and standing. The urban as University explores the areas and events the place Athenians practised the humanities of citizenship for which they and their urban turned famous.

In the agora and at the pnyx, Athenian democracy used to be approximately functionality and oratory; however the written observe opened how you can ever-increasing sophistication in either the perform and concept of politics. because the arts of spin proliferated, spontaneous stay debate within which the speaker’s authority got here from being one of many many remained a center democratic worth. Livingstone explores how principles of democratic management advanced from the poetry of the mythical law-giver Solon to the writings of the sophist Alcidamas of Elaia. the amount deals a brand new method of the examine of historical schooling and should be a useful instrument to scholars of historic politics and tradition, and to all these learning the historical past of democracy.

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