By Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
The Classical Athenians have been the 1st to articulate and enforce the inspiration that normal voters of no specific affluence or schooling can make accountable political judgements. accordingly, reactions to Athenian democracy have lengthy supplied a primary Rorschach try for political idea. no matter if praising Athens's executive because the legitimizing ancestor of recent democracies or condemning it as mob rule, commentators all through heritage have published a lot approximately their very own notions of politics and society. during this publication, Jennifer Roberts charts responses to Athenian democracy from Athens itself throughout the 20th century, exploring a debate that touches upon historiography, ethics, political technology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender stories, and academic theory.
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