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The Ideology of Democratic Athens: Institutions, Orators and the Mythical Past

Matteo Barbato


The debate on Athenian democratic ideology has long been polarised around two extremes. A Marxist tradition has propounded a negative view of ideology as a cover-up for Athens’ internal divisions. Another tradition, sometimes referred to as culturalist, has provided a neutral interpretation of ideology as the fixed set of ideas shared by the members of the Athenian community. This book draws from the New Institutionalism in political science to remedy this dichotomy and provide a unitary and comprehensive approach to Athenian democratic ideology. Through four case studies that compare differen ... More

Keywords: Athenian democracy, ideology, institutions, myth, orators, social memory, New Institutionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474466424
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matteo Barbato, author
University of Birmingham