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By John Thorley

The 5th century BC witnessed not just the emergence of 1 of the 1st democracies, but additionally the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars. John Thorley presents a concise research of the advance and operation of Athenian democracy by contrast backdrop. considering either fundamental resource fabric and the paintings of recent historians, Athenian Democracy examines:* the prelude to democracy* how the democractic process emerged* how the program labored in perform* the potency of the program of presidency* the luck of Athenian democracy.Including an invaluable chronology and blibliography, this moment variation has been up to date take into consideration contemporary learn.

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Between 560 and 546 he took over Athens as tyrant three times, once (the second time) in a brief alliance with the Alkmeonids (the married the daughter of Megakles, the head of the family). ), threw him out, but the third time he returned with a considerable army of mercenaries and with the backing of Thebes, Eretria on the island of Euboea, and the island of Naxos (see Map 1), as well as much popular support from the hill farmers of his home area in east Attica, and established himself firmly as the tyrant of Athens, driving the Alkmeonids into exile yet again.

But before 514 they had gone off yet again into exile and began to plan to remove Hippias from Athens. For those who are counting, this was the third (and not yet the last) recorded exile of the Alkmeonids. In the summer of 514 Hipparkhos was assassinated at the Panathenaic Festival by Harmodios and Aristogeiton, two young aristocrats. Their intention was to kill Hippias as well, but the plot went wrong. Harmodios was killed on the spot by Hipparkhos’ bodyguards and Aristogeiton was arrested and later executed.

Most magistrates operated in committees of ten, one from each tribe. All magistrates had to be at least 30 thirty years old and had to come from the pentakosiomedimnoi, the hippeis, or the zeugitai classes; thetes were in theory excluded, but in practice they were gradually admitted. When in office they wore a wreath of myrtle leaves. In all these respects they were similar in status to members of the Boule, and like them they had to undergo a dokimasia (test) before taking up their appointment.

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