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By Edward Cohen

Challenging the fashionable assumption that historic Athens is healthier understood as a polis, Edward Cohen boldly recasts our realizing of Athenian political and social lifestyles. Cohen demonstrates that old assets observed Athens not just as a polis, but additionally as a "nation" (ethnos), and that Athens did surround the features now used to spot a "nation." He argues that during Athens monetary, spiritual, sexual, and social dimensions have been no less important than political and juridical issues, and for this reason rejects triumphing scholarship's equation of Athens with its male citizen body.

In truth, Cohen exhibits that the types of "citizen" and "noncitizen" have been even more fluid than is frequently assumed, and that a few noncitizens exercised huge strength. He explores such topics because the fiscal significance of businesswomen and prosperous slaves; the authority exercised via enslaved public functionaries; the sensible egalitarianism of erotic family and the huge and significant protections opposed to sexual abuse of either loose individuals and slaves, and particularly of kids; the large involvement of all sectors of the inhabitants in major non secular and native actions. All this emerges from using clean criminal, monetary, and archaeological facts and research that display the social complexity of Athens, and the demographic and geographic elements giving upward push to non-public anonymity and proscribing own contacts--leading to the production of an "imagined neighborhood" with a together conceptualized identification, a unified financial system, and nationwide "myths" set in ancient fabrication.

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