Ancient Democracy and Modern Ideology

by P. J. Rhodes

Part of the Duckworth Classical Essays Series

Ancient Democracy and Modern Ideology Synopsis

How should we study the democracy of classical Athens? How, if at all, is it relevant to our own world with its different forms of democracy? Attitudes to Athenian democracy have always been affectd by the circumstances of those studying it; but, after a period in which scholars professed objectivity and impartiality as their ideal, the possibility of attaining that ideal has been questioned, and ideological commitment and relevance to contemporary circumstances have returned into fashion. This book traces developments in the study of Athenian democracy, examines the different approaches adopted in recent times, and argues that the conscious pursuit of relevance makes for bad history and that, although total objectivity is unattainable, studies which make that an ideal to be approached are likely to do more justice to the subject and also to be more useful in our world.

Ancient Democracy and Modern Ideology Press Reviews

The overview he [P.J. Rhodes] provides of some 200 years of scholarship on ancient democracies and constitutional antiquities would be a handy introduction to the subject for undergraduate and graduate students. -- The Midwest Book Review The overview he P.J. Rhodes provides of some 200 years of scholarship on ancient democracies and constitutional antiquities would be a handy introduction to the subject for undergraduate and graduate students. -- The Midwest Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780715632208
Publication date: 17th July 2003
Author: P. J. Rhodes
Publisher: Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Categories: General & world history, Ancient history: to c 500 CE, Political structures: democracy, Philosophy,

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