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1. Title Title of document The Three Constitutions in Greek Political Thought - Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Lynette Mitchell; University of Exeter;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Biblical Studies; Religion
4. Subject Keyword(s) Greece, monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, mixed constitutions, governance
5. Subject Subject classification Biblical Studies; Ancient History
6. Description Abstract Stemming from an interest in constitutionalism in the Greek world dating from the archaic period (ca. 800–500 BCE), this chapter is concerned with the development of the abstraction in Greek political thought of the three constitutions, the rule of the one, the rule of the few, and the rule of the many, which by the fifth century was formalized in terms on monarchy, oligarchy and democracy. It will then consider how this notion of three constitutions was taken forward in the fourth century BCE, in the first instance in terms of positive and negative types, but then in terms of the mixed constitution, in which various combinations of the three basic types were combined in order to create another form of ruling that could ensure social harmony. This chapter will also reflect upon the role of social and political memory to creating these idealized forms of political organization. It will conclude by arguing that the abstraction of constitutions played an important part in the ability (and need) to critique "governance" in the Greek world.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 30-Dec-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.26815
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE
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