The Constitution of Athens - Aristotle - ebook

The Constitution of Athens ebook




The Constitution of Athens is a thorough description of the political system of that ancient state. The treatise was composed between 330 and 322 BC and consists of two parts. The first part deals with the different forms of the constitution, the second part describes the city's institutions, including the terms of access to citizenship, magistrates and the courts.

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The Constitution

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The Constitution of Athens, Aristotle

Jazzybee Verlag Jürgen Beck

86450 Altenmünster, Loschberg 9


Translator: Thomas J. Dymes

ISBN: 9783849648374

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Explanation Of Terms For The English Reader.

The Constitution Of Athens.

Chap. I.: Kylon.

Chap. II.: The oligarchical constitution.

Chap. III.: Before Draco’s time.

Chap. IV.: Draco’s laws.

Chap. V.: Civil dissensions; Solon.

Chap. VI.: Solon; charge against him.

Chap. VII.: His constitution.

Chap. VIII.: Solon’s constitution.

Chap. IX.: How Solon gave power to the people.

Chap. X.: Reforms the currency, weights and measures.

Chap. XI.: Goes abroad.

Chap. XII.: The testimony of his own poems.

Chap. XIII.: Party divisions immediately following.

Chap. XIV.: Peisistratus makes himself tyrant; his exile and return.

Chap. XV.: How he disarmed the people.

Chap. XVI.: His government moderate and popular.

Chap. XVII.: Succeeded by his sons.

Chap. XVIII.: Harmodius and Aristogeiton.

Chap. XIX.: Expulsion of the Peisistratidæ.

Chap. XX.: Isagoras and Kleisthenes.

Chap. XXI.: The constitution of Kleisthenes.

Chap. XXII.: The times immediately following; ostracism; building of a hundred triremes.

Chap. XXIII.: Recovery of power by the Areopagus; Themistokles and Aristides.

Chap. XXIV.: Athens lays claims to the leadership of Greece.

Chap. XXV.: Overthrow of the Areopagus by Ephialtes and Themistokles.

Chap.XXVI.: Growth of the Democracy; Kimon.

Chap. XXVII.: Perikles.

Chap. XXVIII.: His successors; Nikias, Kleon, Thucydides, Theramenes.

Chap. XXIX.: The four hundred; the proposals of Pythodorus.

Chap. XXX.: The constitution as proposed for the future.

Chap. XXXI.: The constitution as proposed for the immediate present.

Chap. XXXII.: The government of the four hundred.

Chap. XXXIII.: It lasted four months, and was good.

Chap. XXXIV.: Arginusæ Ægospotami Lysander and establishment of the oligarchy.

Chap.XXXV.: The thirty and their government.

Chap. XXXVI.: Protests of Theramenes.

Chap. XXXVII.: Theramenes put to death, and the Lacedæmonans call ed in.

Chap. XXXVIII.: End of the thirty, and reconciliation of parties.

Chap. XXXIX.: Terms of the reconciliation.

Chap. XL.: Its conclusion; action of Archinus.

Chap. XLI.: Recapitulation of the preceding changes; the sovereign power of the people.

Chap. XLII.: Admission to citizenship; training of the Ephebi.

Chap. XLIII.: Election to offices, by lot or vote.

Chap. XLIV.: The Council continued.

Chap. XLV.: Deprived of the power of putting to death.

Chap. XLVI.: The Council continued.

Chap. XLVII.: The treasurers of Athena; the government-sellers.

Chap. XLVIII.: The receivers; auditors.

Chap. XLIX.: The Council holds a muster of the Knights, etc.

Chap.L: Surveyors of temples; city magistrates.

Chap. LI.: Clerks of the market; inspectors of weights and measures, etc.

Chap. LII.: The Eleven; suits decided within a month.

Chap. LIII.: Judicial officers; arbitrators.

Chap. LIV.: Surveyors of roads; auditors; secretaries.

Chap. LV.: The archons; how they are appointed.

Chap. LVI.: The archon (Eponymus); his duties.

Chap. LVII.: The king archon; his duties.

Chap. LVIII: The commander-in-chief, polemarch

Chap. LIX.: The Thesmothetæ; their functions.

Chap. LX.: The directors of games; the sacred oil.

Chap. LXI.: Election by vote to all offices of war department.

Chap. LXII.: Pay attached to offices

Chap. LXIII.: Appointment of jurors.