A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History
by A.H.J. Greenidge
Publisher: MacMillan 1914
Number of pages: 294
The democratic principle in its extreme form is the assertation that the mere fact of free birth is alone sufficient to constitute a claim to all offices. It is never the claim of a majority to rule, but it is the demand that every one, whether rich or poor, high- or low-born, shall be equally represented in the constitution. This is what Aristotle calls the principle of numerical equality. -from "Chapter VI: Democracy" One of the most renowned classical scholars of the turn of the 20th century here offers a lucid and highly readable overview of a difficult and little understood aspect of Greek history: its public law, not just how it was structured but how it behaved in action. This 1896 book-perfect for university students, amateur historians, and readers of the history of the law-covers the full range of Greek legal development, from the origin of the city-state and the beginnings of the Greek monarchy to the social and political institutions of the far-flung Greek civilization to the rise of federalism and its long-term historical impact on the cultures that came after.
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by Peter Green - University of California Press
History, like Herakleitos' river, never stands still. This collection of essays shares a collective sense of discovery and a sparking of new ideas -- it is a welcome beginning to the reexploration of a fascinatingly complex age.
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