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By Edward Cohen

Challenging the fashionable assumption that historical Athens is better understood as a polis, Edward Cohen boldly recasts our realizing of Athenian political and social existence. Cohen demonstrates that old assets mentioned Athens not just as a polis, but in addition as a "nation" (ethnos), and that Athens did surround the features now used to spot a "nation." He argues that during Athens fiscal, spiritual, sexual, and social dimensions have been no less important than political and juridical concerns, and therefore rejects triumphing scholarship's equation of Athens with its male citizen body.

In truth, Cohen indicates that the types of "citizen" and "noncitizen" have been even more fluid than is usually assumed, and that a few noncitizens exercised substantial energy. He explores such matters because the financial significance of businesswomen and prosperous slaves; the authority exercised by way of enslaved public functionaries; the sensible egalitarianism of erotic family and the wide and significant protections opposed to sexual abuse of either unfastened folks and slaves, and particularly of kids; the large involvement of all sectors of the inhabitants in major spiritual and native actions. All this emerges from using clean criminal, financial, and archaeological facts and research that demonstrate the social complexity of Athens, and the demographic and geographic elements giving upward push to private anonymity and proscribing own contacts--leading to the production of an "imagined neighborhood" with a collectively conceptualized id, a unified economic system, and nationwide "myths" set in historic fabrication.

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