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Justice in a Pure Democracy: Searching for Equal Rights in Ancient Athens


This course will explore how the Athenian community changed over time as it became more democratic.  How "pure" was Athenian democracy, really?  How did the Athenians define who got which rights and responsibilities?  How did their judicial system work?  What role did religion play?  What criticisms did Athenian democracy face?  How did the Athenians respond to attempts to overthrow the democracy?  Readings will include Homer, Aeschylus, Thucydides, and Plato, as well as Aristotle's history of the Athenian constitution and surviving speeches from legal disputes ranging from homicide to prostitution, inheritance to property rights.

Provides elective credit in the Classical Studies major.
Provides elective credit in the Classical Languages and Literature major.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.