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The Athenian Nation
Author: Edward E. Cohen

ISBN: 9780691094908
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27 October 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4
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Challenging the modern assumption that ancient Athens is best understood as a "polis," Edward Cohen boldly recasts our understanding of Athenian political and social life. Cohen demonstrates that ancient sources referred to Athens not only as a "polis," but also as a "nation" ("ethnos"), and that Athens did encompass the characteristics now used to identify a "nation." He argues that in Athens economic, religious, sexual, and social dimensions were no less significant than political and juridical considerations, and accordingly rejects prevailing scholarship's equation of Athens with its male citizen body.

In fact, Cohen shows that the categories of "citizen" and "noncitizen" were much more fluid than is often assumed, and that some noncitizens exercised considerable power. He explores such subjects as the economic importance of businesswomen and wealthy slaves; the authority exercised by enslaved public functionaries; the practical egalitarianism of erotic relations and the broad and meaningful protections against sexual abuse of both free persons and slaves, and especially of children...

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