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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.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 2nd 1984 by Penguin Classics (first published -340)
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Paul Bard
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...more
Particulièrement intéressant. C'est bien si on a lu "La guerre du Péloponnèse" de Thucydide avant.
Ryan Patrick
I can't give this 5 stars, because it's not really amazing, just like reading the New York Penal Code would not be amazing to read. Nonetheless, this is a fascinating examination of the origins and development of the Classical Athenian democratic constitution, from someone (probably not Aristotle) who lived in Athens in the fourth century, and may even have participated in it.

For me, what really comes out in reading this work is how many opportunities for participation were available to Athenia...more
Brian Schiebout
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
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.
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:

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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.
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
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.
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
Um livro interessante que descreve as vicissitudes de governo das polis gregas.
Given how little we have how do I rate the ancient sources other than "must read?"
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Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle's works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquarian interest. A prodigious researcher and wri...more
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