Before Athens: Early Popular Government in Phoenician and Greek City States

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Title Before Athens: Early Popular Government in Phoenician and Greek City States
Author Stockwell, Stephen Edward
Publication Title Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009
Editor Dr Geoffrey Hawker
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Macquarie University
Abstract Most accounts of the origins of democracy suggest that the idea and its institutions sprung into life, fully-formed, in Athens in the late sixth century BC. Typical is John Dunn's (1992) Democracy: The Unfinished Journey 508 BC to AD 1993 which dates the beginning of democracy to the reforms of Kleisthenes that first provided for regular meetings for the citizen assembly in Athens. This paper picks up a concern raised by Simon Hornblower in Dunn's book that Phoenician cities and then other Greek cities had proto-democratic government well before Athens: “The Phoenicians… had something comparable to the self-regulating city-state or polis (and) the Greek political arrangements we most admire. Scientific study in this area has, however, hardly begun.” (Hornblower 1992: 2)
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Publisher URI http://www.pol.mq.edu.au/apsa/
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Conference name Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009
Location Macquarie University, Australia
Date From 2009-09-27
Date To 2009-09-30
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29985
Date Accessioned 2010-02-01
Date Available 2010-06-10T22:20:45Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Communication Studies; Comparative Government and Politics
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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