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Athens on Trial The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought by Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
  

Athens on Trial The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought

Synopsis

Athens on Trial The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought by Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

The Classical Athenians were the first to articulate and implement the notion that ordinary citizens of no particular affluence or education could make responsible political decisions. For this reason, reactions to Athenian democracy have long provided a prime Rorschach test for political thought. Whether praising Athens's government as the legitimizing ancestor of modern democracies or condemning it as mob rule, commentators throughout history have revealed much about their own notions of politics and society. In this book, Jennifer Roberts charts responses to Athenian democracy from Athens itself through the twentieth century, exploring a debate that touches upon historiography, ethics, political science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and educational theory.

Reviews

Roberts has given us an excellent study of [the Athenian] legacy...Athens on Trial deserves praise both for its conception and its execution. --Eric W. Robinson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review A first-rate intellectual and cultural history. --Stephen Goode, The Washington Times Roberts ... writes with learning, wit, acerbity, profundity, and engagement on the vicissitudes of the idea [of democracy] in its supposedly original Athenian form. --Paul Cartledge, New Statesman & Society


About the Author

Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University and Associate Professor of Classical Languages and History at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Accountability in Athenian Government (Wisconsin) and, with Robert Zaller and Richard Greaves, Civilizations of the West (HarperCollins).

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Book Info

Publication date

6th January 1997

Author

Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

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Publisher

Princeton University Press

Format

Paperback
426 pages

Categories

Political structures: democracy
Political science & theory
Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500

ISBN

9780691029191

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