By Niall Livingstone

The electorate of old Athens have been without delay liable for the improvement and gear 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 a vital part of the standard lifetime of historic Athenians. within the streets, outlets 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 grew to become famous.

In the agora and at the pnyx, Athenian democracy was once approximately functionality and oratory; however the written observe opened the best way to ever-increasing sophistication in either the perform and conception of politics. because the arts of spin proliferated, spontaneous dwell debate within which the speaker’s authority got here from being one of many many remained a center democratic price. Livingstone explores how rules 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 learn of historical schooling and may be a useful software to scholars of historic politics and tradition, and to all these learning the background of democracy.

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