The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora

by Mabel Lang, revised by John McK. Camp II

Agora Picture Book 4
32 pp, 40 col figs
5.5" x 8.5"
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-87661-642-0
Publication Date: Nov 2004
Status: Active

Retail Price $6.95


A concise introduction to the workings of ancient democracy, The Athenian Citizen has been a bestseller since the original edition was first published almost 60 years ago by Mabel Lang. Using archaeological evidence from excavations at the heart of ancient Athens, this volume shows how tribal identity was central to all aspects of civic life, guiding the reader through the duties of citizenship as soldier in times of war and as juror during the peace. The checks and balances that protected Athenian society from tyrants, such as legal assassination and ostracism, are described. Selected inscriptions are illustrated and discussed, as are ingenious devices such as allotment machines and water clocks, which ensured fairness in the courts. The book ends with some of the lasting products of classical administration: the silver coins accepted around the known world and the standard weights and measures that continue to protect the consumer from unscrupulous merchants. Illustrated entirely in color, with updates and revisions by a former director of excavations at the Agora, this edition of an acknowledged classic will inform and fascinate visitors and students for many years to come.

Also available in modern Greek.

About the Author: Mabel Lang (1917-2010) was the Katharine E. McBride Professor Emeritus and Paul Shorey Professor Emeritus of Greek at Bryn Mawr College. She authored or coauthored nine books published by the ASCSA. John McK. Camp II is Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College and was Director of Excavations at the Athenian Agora.

". . . This little volume is everything an Agora Picture Book should be: concise but informative, easy to read (and to carry), and . . . pretty." Stephanie Larson, BMCR 2005.08.12