Athenian Democratic Ideology and Herodotus' Histories

  title={Athenian Democratic Ideology and Herodotus' Histories},
  author={Sara Forsdyke},
  journal={American Journal of Philology},
  pages={329 - 358}
  • Sara Forsdyke
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • History
  • American Journal of Philology
It IS AN oft-repeated refrain IN studies of Athenian politics that we have no ancient treatises that systematically describe Athenian be? lief s about the value of democracy.1 Although we can reconstruct some democratic values from the institutions and practices of the Athenian state, scholars have had to rely on elite writers such as Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle, or on the more allusive references in Athenian drama in order to get at the positive tenets of democratic political theory… 
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