Citizenship in Classical Athens
Cambridge Univ Pr 2017/03
328 p. 24 cm
New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2017. This highly original study argues that Athenian citizenship was not just a political, but primarily a religious, identity.
A highly original study arguing that Athenian citizenship was not just a political identity, but was in fact primarily a religious identity. Classical Athens saw itself as a community (polis) founded on its bond with the gods. Male and female citizens were equal heirs of this bond, in which the polis also anchored its laws.
Table of Contents
1. Rethinking Athenian citizenship; 2. A bond between polis and gods; 3. The value of descent; 4. Citizens, male and female: vocabulary; 5. Participation: public roles and institutions; 6. Outlook: Athenians and others.