By Hans Beck

This finished quantity info the range of constitutions and kinds of governing our bodies within the historical Greek world.

  • A selection of unique scholarship on historical Greek governing buildings and institutions
  • Explores the a number of manifestations of country motion during the Greek world
  • Discusses the evolution of presidency from the Archaic Age to the Hellenistic interval, historic typologies of presidency, its a variety of branches, rules and systems and geographical regions of governance
  • Creates a distinct synthesis at the spatial and memorial connotations of presidency via combining the most recent institutional examine with newer tendencies in cultural scholarship

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750–500 BCE) and its aristocratic values, the Classical period has left a greater imprint on the West. This latter age was the great era of democracy and of secular humanism, and the debate on those things, then and now, lies at the heart of Western civilization. Our focus is on Athens with a glance, for comparative purposes, at Sparta. Athens is by far the best-documented and most studied polis. The Greeks were proudly parochial, and the historian can never discount local idiosyncrasy. Yet Athens was enormously influential in Classical Greece, both loved and hated by others but all but impossible to avoid.

The equal responsibility and cooperation that soldiers in the phalanx were expected to demonstrate is taken as analogous to their equal status in the political assembly (Hanson 1999: 400; cf. Vernant 1980: 41). Yet this verdict rests on the probably erroneous assumption that all members of the phalanx were equipped similarly and made an equal contribution to combat. Firstly, there is a question of cost. In most Greek city-states, hoplites were required to procure their own equipment. Although we know very little about the costs of arms and armor in the Archaic period, an inscription (M&L 14/Fornara 44B), probably dating to the late sixth century, which sets out regulations for Athenian settlers on the offshore island of Salamis requires them to provide their own military equipment to a value of no less than 30 drachmae.

10) Classical Greek government is an extended dialogue about freedom. All Greeks agreed that freedom entailed autonomy, that is, freedom from foreign rule, and participation, that is, some degree of self-government. But they differed widely on the optimal degree of participation. To an Athenian, anything less than full and (nearly) equal participation was not really freedom. To a Spartan, anything more than token participation by ordinary people in the government was antithetical to freedom, because it would breed disorder and that in turn would eat away at virtue, without which freedom was impossible.

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