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Text: Aristophanes Akharnians 1-203 Text: Aristophanes' Knights
Themes: Assembly interaction with Boule, Themes: Demagogues Kleon whole the
Dikaiopolis = Every man Amphitheus Proving assembly being manipulated corruptibility
Citizenship Workings of Assembly, Process of setting up a Demagogue Use of
Democracy Foreign Affairs rhetoric in Assembly
Quotes: "He only wanted to give us back Quotes: "You will be monarch of all you survey"
peace" "I distinctly felt a drop of rain" "who
"These countries will be your stock in trade"
wishes to speak?" "The worst birth you could think of...That's just
Limitations: Satirical, Anti-Kleon Biased what's wanted for a politician." "Butter then
people up a bit, throw in a pinch of rhetoric as a
sweetener" "right or wrong I never gave a
damn, I just shouted as loud as I could"
Limitations: Satirical, Anti-Kleon Biased
Text: Aristophanes' Wasps Text: The Old Oligarch
Themes: Jury Mock Trial(Lakes v Kleon) Themes: Supposedly Negative view of
Philokleonconvicts everything for two obols Athenian Democracy Unwittingly praising No
Courts supposed to be democratic but not Accountability Right people in the right places
Process of the courts Rhetoric of Bdelykleon Assembly + Council 3.1 Potential Corruption
Presentation Underhand of Democracy 3.3 Role of the Courts 3.6
Embezzlement Hyperbolos Quotes: "by not holding these offices
Quotes: "The case is beyond doubt" "I think themselves...the most capable men hold
I'll have some soup while this is going on" office" "if you approach the council with
"slaves away tirelessly...always on active money, you will get things done" "they are
service" "and returns with a family of not able to settle everyone's affairs"
puppies" "preserve their constitution well"
Limitations: Satirical, Anti-Kleon Biased Limitations: Unknown author(most probably
Text: Thucydides Funeral Speech (Perikles) Text: Thucydides 2.65
Themes: Praises Athenian Democracy Themes: Perikles Fickle nature of
Responsibility in Athens to be involved in Demagogues Post Perikles no-one is the
Democracy Good things about Athenian life same Perikles offered what Athens needed
Military strength Importance of Debate Role Quotes: "busy with their own personal
of women intrigues for securing the leadership of the
Quotes: "When it is a question of settling people"
private disputes, everyone is equal" Limitations: Biased
Limitations: Recreation of Perikles speech
Text: Thucydides History Text: Herodotus
Themes: Demagogues Kleon talking rubbish Themes: Kleisthenes Corruption Power
Interaction between politicians Political struggle between Isagoras and Kleisthenes.
infighting Nikias using the assembly to bully Quotes: "Kleisthenes took the people into his
Kleon Assembly Athenian Assembly votes following" "He also assigned the demes to
for command (mob vote) the tribes in ten groups"
Quotes: "The Athenians behaved in the way Limitations: Written after
that crowds usually do" "he himself would
have done so, if he had been in command."
"he chose Demosthenes as his colleague
because he heard that he was already planning
to make a landing on the island."
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Text: Xenophon: Hellenika Text: Xenophon: Recollections
Themes: Assembly Trials Law Courts Themes: Assembly People who attend
Council Accountability Quotes: "These are the people who make up
Quotes: "After this the generals explained to the Assembly"
the Council about the sea battle and the Limitations: Unbiased
severity of the storm" "to report to the
people that the generals had not picked up
men " "some of the presiding committee
refused to put the question to the vote