By Josine Blok

What did citizenship rather suggest in classical Athens? it's conventionally understood as characterized by way of conserving political place of work. considering that in basic terms males may well achieve this, purely they have been thought of to be voters, and the neighborhood (polis) has seemed essentially because the scene of men's political activities. in spite of the fact that, Athenian legislation outlined electorate now not via political workplace, yet by way of descent. faith was once crucial to the polis and during this area, girls performed well known public roles. either women and men have been known as 'citizens'. On a brand new interpreting of the facts, Josine Blok argues that for the Athenians, their polis was once based on an everlasting bond with the gods. legislation anchored the polis' commitments to people and gods during this bond, transmitted over the years to female and male Athenians as equivalent heirs. All public workplaces, in a number of methods and as befitting gender and age, served either the human group and the divine powers holding Athens.

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