Civil War and Civic Memory in Ancient Athens
The war and subsequent reconciliation of Athenian society has been a rich field for historians of ancient Greece. From a rhetorical and ideological standpoint, this period is unique because of the extraordinary lengths to which the Athenians went to maintain peace. In Remembering Defeat, Andrew Wolpert claims that the peace was "negotiated and constructed in civic discourse" and not imposed upon the populace. Rather than explaining why the reconciliation was successful, as a way of shedding light on changes in Athenian ideology Wolpert uses public speeches of the early fourth century to consider how the Athenians confronted the troubling memories of defeat and civil war, and how they explained to themselves an agreement that allowed the conspirators and their collaborators to go unpunished. Encompassing rhetorical analysis, trauma studies, and recent scholarship on identity, memory, and law, Wolpert's study sheds new light on a pivotal period in Athens' history.
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"This short study of the rule of the Thirty Tyrants in Athens and the subsequent restoration of the Athenian democracy in 403 B.C. approaches these cataclysmic events from an interesting vantage point."—Catherine M. Keesling, Ordia Prima
"Wolpert applies new approaches to law and ideology to the period and, in so doing, makes a real contribution: this will be a book that anyone interested in the development of Athenian democracy will want to read."—Josiah Ober, Princeton University
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