By John Thorley
The 5th century BC witnessed not just the emergence of 1 of the 1st democracies, but additionally the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars. John Thorley presents a concise research of the advance and operation of Athenian democracy in contrast backdrop. bearing in mind either fundamental resource fabric and the paintings of contemporary historians, Athenian Democracy examines:* the prelude to democracy* how the democractic procedure emerged* how the program labored in perform* the potency of the program of presidency* the luck of Athenian democracy.Including an invaluable chronology and blibliography, this moment version has been up to date take into consideration contemporary examine.
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Kleisthenes restricted its membership, as we have seen, to those of zeugitai status and above, probably arguing that these classes had a financial interest in good government and also provided hoplites for the armies (thetes did not, though they served in the fleet), whilst 31 32 T H E D E M O C R AT I C S Y S T E M : K L E I S T H E N E S ’ R E F O R M S not representing the narrower interests of any one class or group. Anyone wishing to be put forward for membership of the Boule had to be approved first by his deme, and one can well imagine that demes were careful to select only those of known good sense who also had experience of local politics, and who were actually available to do the time-consuming job which demanded frequent attendance in Athens; and they probably favoured those who were well past 30.
However, the clustering of trittyes of tribes II, III, V and IX on the east coast does look suspiciously like a deliberate configuration. This is in fact the old region ‘beyond the hills’, the domain of the Peisistratids! Did Kleisthenes even do a deal with the remnant of the Peisistratids? ; he did not believe the rumours, but they were there). Or perhaps Kleisthenes did a deal with the new owners of the Peisistratid estates (or most of the estates; we know that some of the family did stay after Hippias’ departure), since these new owners must have been grateful to Kleisthenes for their new properties.
Under Peisistratos Athens was both prosperous and politically stable. Though constitutionally he did very little, Peisistratos did show that Solon’s reforms could work – provided the aristocratic clans were not jostling for power – and this was an important message for the future. Unfortunately his sons were not of the same calibre. When he died in 527 the elder son Hippias stepped into his father’s role, aided by his younger brothers Hipparkhos and Thettalos, both of whom spent most of their time as the rich playboys of Athenian society.