The Development of Athenian Democracy

Major Discipline(s):
Political Science & International Relations
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This course examines the emergence and unfolding of the political institutions of Athenian democracy to the end of the 5th century B.C. Its focus is primarily on the Age of Pericles, when Athenian democracy reached the point of its highest development, a period generally acknowledged as being one of the greatest moments in world history. The political institutions of the period are examined against their historical background and on the basis of the study of primary sources, i.e. the reading and interpretation of literary sources, visits to archaeological sites and museums, the study and interpretation of inscriptions and other archaeological evidence.