Dēmos: Classical Athenian Democracy

Christopher W. Blackwell, ed. A publication of The Stoa: a Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities, Ross Scaife and Anne Mahoney, edd.

Starting Points

The Evidence for Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell

Necessary Context: descriptions of the ancient genres, authors, and works that form our textual evidence for Athenian democracy · Christopher Blackwell, Christopher Cotten, David Phillips, & Hershal Pleasant.

An Introduction to the Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell

A Brief Early History of Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell

Overview, History, & Institutions

The Assembly of the People · Christopher Blackwell

The Council of 500: the institution · Christopher Blackwell

The Council of 500: its history · Christopher Blackwell

The Council of the Areopagus · Christopher Blackwell

Legislation under the Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell

Special Investigations under the Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell

Biographies, Images, & Arguments

Cimon · Christopher Blackwell

Ephialtes · Christopher Blackwell

Scythian Archers: policing Athens · Elizabeth Baughman

Poetry and the Dēmos: State Regulation of a Civic Possession · Casey Dué

Portraits of historical individuals · Amy Smith

The Eponymous Heroes of Athens · Amy Smith

Images of personifications of political ideas · Amy Smith

A Bibliography of Democratic Art · Amy Smith

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Our goal is to build a digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that will be useful to a wide audience. We hope to describe the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, to publish the efforts of scholars to answer questions about Athenian democracy, and to invite you, our audience, to explore, discover, and judge for yourselves.

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Inquiries, reports of problems, and suggestions should be directed to Christopher Blackwell: cwb@stoa.org

Dēmos is a publication of The Stoa: a Consortium for Scholarly Publication in the Humanities, and has greatly benefited from the infrastructure, expertise, and friendship of that institution and everyone involved with it, especially Anne Mahoney and Ross Scaife. Dēmos would not exist without The Perseus Project and its editor-in-chief, Gregory Crane. This project has also profited from an association with Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, under the wise direction of Gregory Nagy. Hugh Cayless, of OASIS and the UNC Digital Library Project, is responsible for writing the Transcoder that allows this site to display Greek; we are deeply indebted to him. Thomas Martin and Neel Smith of The College of the Holy Cross have been instrumental throughout the lifetime of the project. The earliest work on Dēmos was supported by grants from Furman University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.