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Athenian Democratic Origins: and other essays Paperback – October 13, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0199285167 ISBN-10: 0199285160 Edition: New edition

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199285160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199285167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"No serious reader, converted or not, could emerge unimpressed by the sheer command of evidence and calibre of argument on display here."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Geoffrey de Ste. Croix was Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, Oxford from 1953 until 1977. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1972. He published Origins of the Peloponnesian War in 1972 and The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World in 1981; the latter book was translated into Spanish and Greek, and won the Isaac Deutscher Memorial prize for 1982.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pnotley@hotmail.com on June 16, 2004
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Before his death in 2000, Geoffrey Ernest Maurice De Ste. Croix was one of the leading classical historians in the world. He showed that Marxist theories can be applied fruitfully to the Hellenic world in his 1981 work "The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World." His works were striking for their thoroughness and their careful analysis. What we have here is a collection of essays on the early Hellenic world which were written in the sixties. They have been collected and edited by David Harvey and Robert Parker, and contain scholarly updates on the subjects at hand. Most readers will find these essays extremely technical. They do not have the common theme of "The Class Struggle," nor of his first book, "The Origins of the Peloponnesian Wars." And whereas in those books Ste. Croix was capable of wit and the sharp piercing insight, many readers will find much less of that here. (The one exception is a joke Ste. Croix tells about Herodotus, where responding to the claim that Herodotus was the father of history, he adds yes, since history proper started the next generation with Thucydides.) They will not find them particularly Marxist, but there is a stress on such important themes as the rationality of democratic institutions and an emphasis on the primitive nature of the classical economy.
Particularly technical are the first two essays which look respectively at the Solonian Census Classes and the Solonian constitution. They are marked by an extremely close analysis of the few remaining sources. The most interesting part of the first essay is a discussion in which Ste. Croix shows that Aristotle was wrong about particular measures. Building on a classic essay he wrote on Greek Accounting, Ste.
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