By Niall Livingstone
The voters of historical Athens have been without delay chargeable for the advance and gear of its democracy; yet how did they find out about politics and what their roles have been inside it? during this quantity Livingstone argues that studying approximately political praxis (how to be a citizen) used to be a vital part of the typical lifetime of historic Athenians. within the streets, retailers and different meeting-places of 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 be aware opened the best way to ever-increasing sophistication in either the perform and idea of politics. because the arts of spin proliferated, spontaneous stay debate during which the speaker’s authority got here from being one of many many remained a center democratic price. Livingstone explores how principles of democratic management developed from the poetry of the mythical law-giver Solon to the writings of the sophist Alcidamas of Elaia. the amount deals a brand new method of the research of historic schooling and may be a useful software to scholars of old politics and tradition, and to all these learning the background of democracy.
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