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The Athenian Constitution

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Probably written by a student of Aristotle, The Athenian Constitution is both a history and an analysis of Athens' political machinery between the seventh and fourth centuries BC, which stands as a model of democracy at a time when city-states lived under differing kinds of government. The writer recounts the major reforms of Solon, the rule of the tyrant Pisistratus and h ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 28th 1984 by Penguin Classics (first published -340)
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Dec 20, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing
This is what they mean when they say 'you have to know your past in order to understand your present'.
Murat G.
"Evet! Bütün kötülüğü biliyorum: En eski Yunan ilinin çökmekte olduğunu
görüyorum, yüreğim derinden derine sızlıyor."
Oct 20, 2015 alex rated it did not like it
Kill Me this was not fun at all
Paul Bard
Aug 01, 2014 Paul Bard rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story. Who knew this was going to be a gripping history?

Engrossing insight into political archetypes: Cleisthenes is the archetypal reformer, and Pisistratus the archetypal tyrant. To watch the two great men swivel and twist and maneuver is gripping, exciting, and visionary - it casts forward to Tacitus, Machiavelli, and to present day Prussian, Nazi and American politics. Riveting stuff!

Cleisthenes is my hero. Anyone, anywhere, anytime who wants to improve the world can benefit from i
Jan 04, 2014 فضيض rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

ثلثا الكتاب عن تاريخ أثينا الملكي ونظام حكمها منذ ما قبل ظهور صولن وحتى ما بعد عهد بركليس بقليل، ولا أدري هل أرسطو حقا هو كاتب هذه السيرة التاريخية التي مثلت جزء الكتاب الأول أم لا ، ومهما يكن من أمرها فإن النعاس غالبني كثيرًا في هذا الجزء، فهو يقتضب الأحداث اقتضابًا يصيب بالدوار

ولكن من العجيب هذا الذي فعله صولن بعد كتابته للدستور، تقول الرواية أن صولن لم ينحز إلى أي فئة في وطنه، لا طبقة الأغنياء ولا طبقة عامة الشعب، واصطدم بهؤلاء وهؤلاء، وقال المؤلف هنا - أي أرسطو، والله أعلم - "بأنه اختار عداء
Alp Turgut
Aristoteles'in Atina tarihi açısından değerli eseri "The Athenian Constitution / Atinalıların Devleti", Herodotus'un "Tarih"inden kurtuldum diye sevinirken içeriğiyle devamına yakalandığım bir kitap oldu benim için ki bu yüzden bende büyük bir hayal kırıklığı yaşattı ne yazık ki. Zamanın Atina yasaları ve devlet düzeni hakkında tarihi bilgiler almak için ideal bir eser olduğunu düşündüğüm kitabın açıkçası felsefe adına okunması gereken kitaplardan biri olduğunu düşünmüyorum. Kesinlikle "Tarih"te ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it
My rating for this book is for the Penguin edition, and particularly the annotations by the translator, not the actual 4th c. BC Greek text, which was probably written by a student of Aristotle. That guy is not terribly competent at explaining anything clearly, not the history of Athenian government which is the first part of the treatise, nor the contemporary Athenian government he was familiar with which is the second part. In part, this is because he seems to have copied or paraphrased earlie ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Describes the city's history and historical government forms, and then the institutions and laws of the city as it existed at the time of the writing of the text. It is an appealing political drama which reflects Aristotle's cyclical view of government forms, and the essential political conflicts between those who occupy different types of geographical terrain. Its an amazing text for how much detailed information it gives about the minutia of the a political state which is really quite ancient. ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Particulièrement intéressant. C'est bien si on a lu "La guerre du Péloponnèse" de Thucydide avant.
Erica Zahn
Jun 28, 2016 Erica Zahn rated it liked it
I have found it interesting to be reading this in a time of such political turmoil (though not exactly a relief from all the stress). There were particular moments that resonated due to this (Solon trying and failing to please the poor by helping them without major social upheaval; refusing tyranny, yet later being ignored when he warns that Pisistratus wants to be a tyrant), but it also functions as a generally useful account of early political developments. Some parts were more of a surprise a ...more
Brian Schiebout
May 05, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Constitution of the Athenian People by Aristotle is a study of how Athens was governed at the time of Aristotle and how it came to be that way. The book is divided into four parts even though the final part could be considered an extension of what came directly in front of it. The first part deals with the constitution that Solon established over the state around 550 BC. Solon the lawgiver is often considered the father of Athenian democracy and it is easy to see why he got the title. Even t ...more
Genel bir okuyucu icin sayilar ve isimler karisik. Bir tarihci icin gerekli detaylar vardir mutlaka, fakat bir cok degisen ismi takip etmek biraz zor.

O zamanlarda temelleri atilan bir cok siyasi, sosyal, askeri olgulari o zamanlarda goruyoruz. O zamanlarda mi kurulmustur bilmiyorum fakat ilgi cekici oldugu kesin.
Aug 02, 2012 Turbomanny rated it really liked it
if you read or own the landmark Herodotus or Thucydides The Athenian Constitution will be a nice addition. This version by P.J. Rhodes has added commentary to help you along so you don't get confused with people, dates or times. it is well written so that it stays close to the greek while adding a modern english dialect and also grammar so that the reader is not thrown off by say all the pronouns that the ancient greeks tended to use in place of a good mix of nouns and pronouns english writers u ...more
Ricco di nomi e termini tecnico-politici antichi. Noioso nella prima metà, meno nella seconda. Sempre interessante scoprire che, in 2500 anni, è cambiato poco nei giochi di potere.
تقريبا اثينا عملت كل حاجة ممكن تكون متاحة فى وقتها وزمنها .
Selçuk Kılınç
Bir tarih kitabı. Felsefe kitabı değil. atinalıların devletinin özellikle demokrasi sürecinin gelişimini anlatıyor. Birçok isim ve kavram var akılda kalıcı olmuyor. Araştırma yapanlar için başvuru kitabı fakat benim gibi normal okuyucular için sıkıcı.
Sep 20, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αλλά πραγματικά; Μπορούμε να βαθμολογήσουμε την Αρχαία Ελληνική Γραμματεία;
Antonio Papadourakis
Καταπληκτική η εισαγωγή, κουραστικό το αυθεντικό κείμενο.
Jan 29, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: da-consultazione
Letto per l'Università.

Il trattato della scienza politica greca per eccellenza. Personalmente, preferisco di gran lunga l'Aristotele solo-politico all'Aristotele omni-filosofo, che in questo testo dà il meglio di sé.
Una lettura d'obbligo per gli addetti ai lavori e una lettura consigliata agli amanti del mondo classico nella sua espressione più fortunata e riuscita: la democrazia ateniese.

Marts  (Thinker)
A thorough overview of Athenian laws and governance and historical account of related events in Athens during Aristotle's time.
The entire document can be read here:

Also see the following account:
Oct 24, 2014 Fred rated it really liked it
This is really pretty hard to read. The document does not exist in its entirety and there are huge gaps in the text making it difficult to understand. What there is of this was recovered in Egypt and found buried in the sand like a thousand years or something ridiculous ago.
Jan 23, 2011 Coyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Aristotle's best, but an interesting description of the ancient Greek practice of democracy. Particularly interesting is the idea that the truly democratic way to select political leaders is casting lots, and that elections are tools of oligarchs and tyrants.
Michael Howell
Feb 23, 2014 Michael Howell rated it it was amazing
This was one of our texts for an Ancient Political Thought class, and one would need a professor to help you analyze its incredible depth, scope and influence these works have on our modern, western thought. A Human treasure.
Feb 22, 2009 S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stageira, Macedonia 384 BCE
Athens under Plato
tutor to Alexander the Great (son of Philip of Macedon)
- Chalcis, Euboea 322 BCE

late 4thC BC
New York: Hafner, 1950
Kurt von Fritz & Ernst Kapp, trans
Nadia Large
Jul 31, 2016 Nadia Large rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Literally one of the most boring things I have ever read in my life, though I have found some humour, though rare.

fml I can't believe I have to redo my exam on this.
Dec 23, 2011 X10397 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro interessante que descreve as vicissitudes de governo das polis gregas.
May 02, 2016 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the Athenian Constitution. Well worth the read.
Onyango Makagutu
Nov 01, 2013 Onyango Makagutu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be read by all who are in charge of affairs of state and the governed
Jun 17, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lisa by: Potter's School Classical Track Year 2
I might have just read portions of this.
Jul 30, 2009 Jeffry rated it it was amazing
Given how little we have how do I rate the ancient sources other than "must read?"
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