By Paul Cartledge

This e-book examines how some of the teams of individuals of which the polis of Classical Athens was once composed acquired on together--or didn't achieve this. The authors jointly carry out what used to be exact approximately lifestyles in an historical Greek urban that was once strange either in its dimension and social complexity and within the quantity of the democracy it practiced. The emphasis is largely at the nice luck of the Athenians' communal test yet tensions and fissures bobbing up from non secular, sexual, monetary and political adjustments are usually not elided or glossed over.

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