Download PDF by Sara Forsdyke: Exile, Ostracism, and Democracy: The Politics of Expulsion

By Sara Forsdyke

This e-book explores the cultural and political importance of ostracism in democratic Athens. not like past interpretations, Sara Forsdyke argues that ostracism was once basically a symbolic establishment whose that means for the Athenians was firm either by way of previous studies of exile and through its function as a context for the continued negotiation of democratic values.

The first a part of the ebook demonstrates the robust connection among exile and political strength in archaic Greece. In Athens and somewhere else, elites seized strength through expelling their opponents. Violent intra-elite clash of this type was once a hugely risky kind of "politics that was once basically briefly checked by means of numerous makes an attempt at elite self-regulation. an enduring method to the matter of exile was once chanced on in basic terms within the past due 6th century in the course of a very excessive sequence of violent expulsions. at the moment, the Athenian humans rose up and seized at the same time keep an eye on over judgements of exile and political strength. The shut connection among political strength and the ability of expulsion explains why ostracism was once a primary a part of the democratic reforms.

Forsdyke exhibits how ostracism functioned either as a logo of democratic energy and as a search term within the ideological justification of democratic rule. the most important to the author's interpretation is the popularity that ostracism was once either a remarkably light type of exile and one who used to be every so often used. by way of interpreting the illustration of exile in Athenian imperial decrees, within the works of Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and in tragedy and oratory, Forsdyke exhibits how exile served as a huge time period within the debate concerning the most sensible type of rule.

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