By Eric W. Robinson
Democracy is among the maximum innovations of the traditional Greeks. This booklet invitations readers to enquire the phenomenon of historical Greek democracy for themselves, from its earliest roots within the archaic interval to its visual appeal and improvement in Athens.
The publication is constructed from six chapters, featuring questions of continuous curiosity and controversy. each encourages readers to interact with historic texts in translation and to work out how modern classical students have received insights from them. each one can be utilized as a self-contained unit to discover a selected point of historical democratic govt. Taken as an entire, the publication offers readers with an in depth assessment of old Greek democracy and the present country of its examine. For ease of use, the e-book comprises maps, a word list, and an index.
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My mother, greatly to her distress, has been beset by suitors, sons of the greatest nobles here. They dare not go to the house of lcarius her father so that he in person might receive bride-gifts for his daughter, giving her to any suitor he pleased who was acceptable to herself. Instead, they haunt my palace day in, day out; they slaughter my sheep and oxen and fatted goats; they make merry here, they selfishly drink the glowing wine, and thus abundance of things is wasted. All this is because there is no man left with the mettle of Odysseus to ward off ruin from the house, I myself am not able to ward it off; I fear I shall always be a weakling, with no skill to resist at all.
Surely not all of us Achaians can be as kings here. Lordship for many is no good thing. ’ So he went through the army marshalling it, until once more they swept back into the assembly place from the ships and the shelters clamorously, as when from the thunderous sea the surf-beat crashes upon the great beach, and the whole sea is in tumult. Now the rest had sat down, and were orderly in their places, but one man, Thersites of the endless speech, still scolded, who knew within his head many words, but disorderly; vain, and without decency, to quarrel with the princes with any word he thought might be amusing to the Argives.
Fortunately for those in power, it is still relatively easy to contain the masses. But in my view scenes such as those described in Iliad I and I1 attest an awareness that the masses fighting in the war and sitting in the assembly represent at least a potential power factor. Otherwise it would be futile for Achilles, Hector, and Thersites to decry the people’s passiveness and lack of courage. Odyssey I1 I think it can be shown that such dissatisfaction among the masses is aimed not only at the king, as in the cases of Paris/Priam and Agamemnon, but at large sections of the leading class.
Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources by Eric W. Robinson