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By Andrew J. Bayliss

ISBN-10: 1441111514

ISBN-13: 9781441111517

This quantity demanding situations preconceptions of Athenian politics and background. It units out to illustrate that the generally bought view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders have been significantly diversified from their Classical opposite numbers is essentially wrong. via a second look of the interior politics of Hellenistic Athens, either when it comes to its key associations and its political leaders, After Demosthenes presents a accomplished research of Athenian political existence from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic facts the e-book identifies those that participated within the governing of Athens, and their factors for doing so, and redefines the character of Athenian political ideology within the procedure. The top political figures, every one of whom will be pointed out with a specific ideological point of view, are explored in a chain of biographical reports. analyzing the highbrow origins of contemporary scholarly feedback of democracy within the Athens of this era, this quantity exhibits how the politics of scholarly discourse have distorted sleek perspectives of Hellenistic Athens.

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Croix (1983, p. 609 n. 2) comparing Phocion to Pétain, Tracy (2000b, p. 339) defending Demetrius of Phalerum against imagined charges of being a ‘Quisling’, Dreyer (1999, p. 270) calling Olympiodorus ‘the collaborator’, and Green (1990, p. 129) describing Demochares as ‘an intransigent Gaullist . . among the more pliable men of Vichy’. But Olympiodorus was no more a collaborator than Demochares was an intransigent Gaullist. Olympiodorus’ greatest achievement was expelling Demetrius Poliorcetes’ Macedonian garrison from the city of Athens with a ragtag army of old men and boys, and Demochares’ willingness to beg for money from Macedonians caused Grote to despair of Hellenistic Athens.

Zenophon [sic] that brave Scholar and Souldier disallowed the Athenian Commonweal, for that they followed that Form of Government wherein the Wicked are always in greatest Credit, and Vertuous men kept under. They expelled Aristides the Just; Themistocles died in 30 After Demosthenes Banishment; Meltiades [sic] in Prison; Phocion the most virtuous and just man of his Age, though he had been chosen forty five times to be their General, yet he was put to Death with all his Friends, Kindred and Servants, by the Fury of the People, without Sentence, Accusation, or any Cause at all.

Unhelpful World War II analogies abound in accounts of Hellenistic Athens, with Ste. Croix (1983, p. 609 n. 2) comparing Phocion to Pétain, Tracy (2000b, p. 339) defending Demetrius of Phalerum against imagined charges of being a ‘Quisling’, Dreyer (1999, p. 270) calling Olympiodorus ‘the collaborator’, and Green (1990, p. 129) describing Demochares as ‘an intransigent Gaullist . . among the more pliable men of Vichy’. But Olympiodorus was no more a collaborator than Demochares was an intransigent Gaullist.

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