The book covers the aristocratic crisis and the rise of democracy in the seventh century, SolonAEs reforms, the rule of tyranny in the sixth century, the reforms of Kleisthenes
, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
5); second, about the establishment of democracy and the reforms of Kleisthenes
638-651), his gender is exposed by Kleisthenes
, notorious in Aristophanes for his effeminacy, and by an unnamed Athenian woman.
So this is the crook that Kleisthenes
was telling us about?
Ancient Athens became a "democracy" - literally, government by the people - when Kleisthenes
organized ordinary fisher folk and farmers into a mass rabble capable of defeating Sparta-backed oligarchs.
Typical is John Dunn's (1992) Democracy: The Unfinished Journey 508 BC to AD 1993 which dates the beginning of democracy to the reforms of Kleisthenes
that first provided for regular meetings for the citizen assembly in Athens.
I suggested in an earlier treatment of these horoi that if they are associated with a law of Kleisthenes
forbidding atimoi to enter the Agora (Dem.
An institution like radical democracy, invented by the Athenian Kleisthenes
in 508 BC, is another, an arena in which citizens used peaceful debate among themselves to settle differences about the course the city should take.
Although democracy (citizen self-rule) has never truly functioned in the idealistic way envisioned by Kleisthenes
when he stood on a hillside and addressed the free people of Athens (not the slaves though of course) it would be considerate if they at least tried to maintain the illusion we choose our leaders.
Habrokomes in any case raises no objection later on to Hippothoos having a new boy, Kleisthenes
focusing on the activities of official secretaries (grammateis), documents arising from Dionysiac festivals, archon lists, and the legislation of Kleisthenes
Among its minor quirks are the decision to make Solon's `own trading background' a key factor in explaining his reforms (11-13), and to attribute without hesitation to Kleisthenes
every feature of the fifth-century system not explicitly attributed by our sources to someone else.