By Niall Livingstone
The electorate of old Athens have been without delay chargeable for the improvement and tool of its democracy; yet how did they find out about politics and what their roles have been inside of it? during this quantity Livingstone argues that studying approximately political praxis (how to be a citizen) used to be an essential component of the standard lifetime of historical Athenians. within the streets, outlets and different meeting-places of the town humans from all degrees of society, from slaves to the very filthy rich, exchanged wisdom and competed for energy and standing. The urban as University explores the areas and events the place Athenians practised the humanities of citizenship for which they and their urban grew to become famous.
In the agora and at the pnyx, Athenian democracy was once approximately functionality and oratory; however the written notice opened easy methods to ever-increasing sophistication in either the perform and idea of politics. because the arts of spin proliferated, spontaneous dwell debate within which the speaker’s authority got here from being one of many many remained a center democratic worth. Livingstone explores how rules of democratic management developed from the poetry of the mythical law-giver Solon to the writings of the sophist Alcidamas of Elaia. the quantity bargains a brand new method of the examine of old schooling and should be a useful device to scholars of historical politics and tradition, and to all these learning the historical past of democracy.
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Athens: The City as University (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies) by Niall Livingstone