Download e-book for kindle: Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources by Eric W. Robinson

By Eric W. Robinson

ISBN-10: 047075219X

ISBN-13: 9780470752197

ISBN-10: 0631233938

ISBN-13: 9780631233930

Democracy is among the maximum innovations of the traditional Greeks. This e-book invitations readers to enquire the phenomenon of historical Greek democracy for themselves, from its earliest roots within the archaic interval to its visual appeal and improvement in Athens.

The ebook is created from six chapters, proposing questions of continuous curiosity and controversy. every one encourages readers to have interaction with historic texts in translation and to work out how modern classical students have won insights from them. every one can be utilized as a self-contained unit to discover a selected element of old democratic executive. Taken as a complete, the publication offers readers with an intensive evaluation of historic Greek democracy and the present kingdom of its learn. For ease of use, the booklet includes maps, a word list, and an index.

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Beyond all others Achilleus hated him, and Odysseus. These two he was forever abusing, but now at brilliant Agamemnon he clashed the shrill noise of his abuse. The Achaians were furiously angry with him, their minds resentful. But he, crying the words aloud, scolded Agamemnon: ‘Son of Atreus, what thing further do you want, or find fault with now? Your shelters are filled with bronze, there are plenty of the choicest women for you within your shelter, whom we Achaians give to you first of all whenever we capture some stronghold.

Yet here is a man who wishes to be above all others, who wishes to hold power over all, and to be lord of all, and give them their orders, yet I think one will not obey him. ’ Then looking at him darkly brilliant Achilleus answered him: ‘So must I be called of no account and a coward if I must carry out every order you may happen to give me. Tell other men to do these things, but give me no more commands, since I for my part have no intention to obey you. And put away in your thoughts this other thing I tell you.

You, great man that you are, yet do not take the girl away but let her be, a prize as the sons of the Achaians gave her first. Nor, son of Peleus, think to match your strength with the king, since never equal with the rest is the portion of honour of the sceptred king to whom Zeus gives magnificence. Even though you are the stronger man, and the mother who bore you was immortal, yet is this man greater who is lord over more than you rule. ’ Then in answer again spoke powerful Agamemnon: ‘Yes, old sir, all this you have said is fair and orderly.

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