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Democracy & Imperialism in Classical Athens - Bibliography

Useful Resources:

Date list for Democracy and Imperialism module

Key Dates for fifth century BC Athenian Empire

Primary Sources and Sourcebooks:

Herodotus, Histories 3.80-2

Aristotle, Constitution of the Athenians (Ath. Pol.)

Aristotle, Politics (1317a19-1318a10; 1318b-1319b19)

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War 2.37-42; 2.65; 3.82; 5.4; 6.35-41; 5.81-2; 8.21; 8.64; 8.97.2

Euripides, Suppliant Women 346-57, 403-50

Pseudo-Xenophon, Constitution of the Athenians (The ‘Old Oligarch’)

Xenophon, Memorabilia or Memoirs of Socrates 1.2.40-6.

Plato, Republic Book 8, sections 561-4

Diodorus of Sicily 11.68.5-6, 11.86.3-87.6; 13.91.3-96.4 (on other democracies outside Athens)

Polybius, Histories Book 6 (on the Roman republic)

Hellenic Ministry of Culture 2009 Athenian Democracy: speaking through its inscriptions

C. Fornara ed., From the Archaic period to the Peloponnesian War (series of useful inscriptions for this period)

P. Harding, From the End of the Peloponnesian War to the Battle of Ipsus (series of useful inscriptions for this period)

P. Rhodes and R. Osborne: Greek Historical Inscriptions 2003 (key fourth-century inscriptions with translations)

S. Burstein ed. 1985 The Hellenistic Age from the Battle of Ipsos to the Death of Kleopatra VII. (series of useful inscriptions for this period)

J. Camp 2001 The Archaeology of Athens

J. Camp 1992 The Athenian Agora: excavations in the heart of Classical Athens

R. Osborne 2008 The World of Athens

R. Osborne 2000 The Athenian Empire

C. Rodewald 1975 Democracy: Ideas and Realities (sourcebook)

E. Robinson 2004 Ancient Greek Democracy: readings and sources

L. Asmonti 2015 Athenian Democracy: a sourcebook

Secondary Material:

  • G. Kaloudis Modern Greek Democracy 2000
  • C. Carey Democracy in Classical Athens 2001
  • J.Camp, The Athenian Agora 1986
  • N. Jones Rural Athens under the Democracy 2004
  • J.K. Davies, Democracy and Classical Greece
  • De Sainte Croix, Origins of the Peloponnesian War 1972
  • M.I.Finley, Democracy Ancient and Modern 1973 - interesting comparison of ancient and modern systems
  • M.H. Hansen, The Athenian Democracy in the age of Demosthenes 1991 - thorough and comprehensive guide to the intricacies of the system
  • S. Hornblower, The Greek World 479-323 4th ed. 2011 - good detailed history of the whole period
  • J.M. Hurwit, The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present 1999
  • A.H.M. Jones, Athenian Democracy (Oxford, 1957) - older guide still interesting and useful
  • A. Kuhrt The Ancient Near East: c.3000-330 BC (London, 1995) – excellent for the eastern powers with which the Greeks interacted, especially the Persians, ch.13.
  • R. Meiggs, The Athenian Empire (Oxford, 1972) - large standard volume on Athenian empire, still very good, occasionally a little old-fashioned
  • O. Murray, Archaic Greece (London, 1994) – very readable introduction to the archaic background and the developments down to the Persian Wars
  • R. Osborne, Greece in the Making: 1200-479BC (London, 1996) – a very different treatment of the same period, with much more archaeological material
  • R. Parker, Athenian Religion: A History, (Oxford, 1996) – religion is political
  • P.J. Rhodes, The Athenian Empire (London, 1985) [Greece and Rome Surveys in the Classics # 17] - excellent short pamphlet, more up-to-date than Meiggs
  • R. Sealey, A History of the Greek City-States (Berkeley,1976) - another good general history
  • R.K. Sinclair, Democracy and Participation in Athens (Cambridge 1988)
  • H. Beck (ed) A Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Ancient Greek Government (Malden, MA 2013)
  • D. Hammer, A Companion to Athenian Democracy and the Roman Republic 2014