The 'Old Oligarch' The Constitution of the Athenians Attributed to Xenophon

John L. Marr and Peter J. Rhodes

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ISBN: 9780856687815

Publication: July 26, 2008

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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'Old Oligarch' is a label often applied to the unknown author of the Athenian Constitution preserved with the works of Xenophon. Probably written in the mid 420s B.C., it is the earliest surviving Athenian prose text, and its author was probably a young pupil of the teachers known as sophists. It is an essay which replies to oligarchic criticisms of the Athenian democracy by agreeing with the critics that democracy is distasteful but arguing that it is appropriate for Athens as a city whose power depends on the poorer citizens who row the navy's ships, and that it is successful and could not easily be overthrown. This edition provides a Greek text and English translation, with Introduction, Commentary and Appendixes which discuss the date, authorship and character of the work, the historical background, the statements and arguments presented by the author and features of the author's style.

P. J. Rhodes was Professor of Ancient History and is now Honorary Professor and Emeritus Professor at the University of Durham. He is the author of four volumes of Thucydides Histories in the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series, as well as two volumes on the Athenian Constitution. His many other publications include A History of the Classical Greek World, 478 – 323 B.C. (2005; 2nd ed. 2010); Greek Historical Inscriptions, 404 – 323 B.C. (with R. G. Osborne, 2003) and Greek Historical Inscriptions, 478 – 404 B.C. (with R. G. Osborne, 2017). He was President of the Classical Association from 2014-15 and awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, University of Durham, in 2015.

Preface References Introduction: 1. The name 'Old Oligarch 2. The title of the work 3. dating 4. authorship 5. The author and his immediate audience 6. The self-interest theory 7. The two-fold class division: the demos versus the oligoi 8. Class designations and class labels 9. Other stylistic features 10. Structure 11. The text Dates assigned to the Constitution of the Athenians Select Bibliography Text & translation Constitution of the Athenians Commentary Appendixes: 1) The imagined criticisms answered in the work 2) Occurances of the words demos/demotikoi/demokratia 3) Qualities & characteristics ascribed to the demos and the oligoi 4) Class designations & class labels 5) Characteristic vocabulary 6) Examples of verbal repetition 7) Generalisations Index

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Format: Paperback

Size: 210 × 149 mm

208 Pages

ISBN: 9780856687815

Publication: July 26, 2008

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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