Thursday, February 28, 2019

Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy

Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy
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. 
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.
The contents of the articles in Dēmos are licensed under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike-1.0). This scripts that drive the site are licensed under a Creative Commons License (NonCommecial-1.0).

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

Technical Articles about the Site

Access the raw XML directly.
Frequently Asked Questions.
“To Do” List for Dēmos.

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