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Classical Studies 2440A/B Lecture 3: 2440 - Lecture 3

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Classical Studies
Course
Classical Studies 2440A/B
Professor
Murison
Semester
Spring

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2440A– September 11, 2014 Lecture 3 Athenian Democracy  the most difficult in Greek history, 404-338 (trends start up)  an oligarchy was in control, 30 “Tyrants” that ranAthens  5000 attendees in assembly, must be of the hoplite-class  Thucydides thought this was the best, Aristotle too  4 century, a class system, economically sectioned  order restored in 403. June 411, political killings begin  believed that theAthenian democracy was little more than an “organized mob”  shift from volunteer-based work to greater focus on professional trades (soldier, etc.) Aftermath of the Peloponnesian War  economic shift inAthens  severely disrupted by the war, usual trade activities could not go on  750-500bc, Greeks had colonized into all around the Mediterranean  originally, raw materials sent home to be processed and redistributed  then, colonial areas do their own processing  a shift from centralization to the periphery  venture capitalism happens in the colonies (e.g. banking)  baby boom after the Peloponnesian war  a huge increase in slavery, from all the wars  many physical jobs are now done by slaves  manual labour looked down upon by free citizens  growing pool of discontented men, become mercenaries and brigands  grew as a root from patriotism, but now from usury  shift to a more cosmopolitan view on the world  Aristotle: “Man is a creature that belongs in a polis” (also Demosthenes) Spartan Supremacy (404-371)  ill equipped, did not have much experience running a large state  spartans considered easily corruptible, wanted some reward for winning the war  Persians demanded that, in return for supporting them in the war, restore Ionia to Persians  ceded, and gave in to these demands  worried about the loss of manpower associated with war  but then decided to invade Ionia again,
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