By Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

The Classical Athenians have been the 1st to articulate and enforce the proposal that standard voters of no specific affluence or schooling can make accountable political judgements. for that reason, reactions to Athenian democracy have lengthy supplied a major Rorschach try for political proposal. even if praising Athens's executive because the legitimizing ancestor of recent democracies or condemning it as mob rule, commentators all through historical past have published a lot approximately their very own notions of politics and society. during this e-book, 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 reviews, and academic theory.

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