New PDF release: A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History

By A. H. J. Greenidge

ISBN-10: 1596055952

ISBN-13: 9781596055957

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Origin of the city-state; the tribe and the extended family, 12. beginning of Greek monarchy, 14 personality of the heroic monarchy, 15; downfall of this monarchy, 17. move of presidency to the clans, 19 nature of the extended family, 20. The early aristocracies, 21; tendency to oligarchic govern ment, 22. Impulse to colonisation, 24. Early Greek tyranny, 25; its foundation, 25 the tyrants, 27 personality in their executive, 30 how a ways was once it constitutional, 31 political and social effects in their rule, 32; downfall of tyranny, 33. upward thrust of constitutional govt, 34.

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V. 92). a Arist. h. viii. 10, 2 ; Pol. iii. 7, 5. viil p. 565D; Arist. Pol v. 10 = p. 1810 b ; Dionys. vi. 60, n EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF GREEK CONSTITUTIONS 29 TOV STJ/WV) ; but they lived at a time whenthe sword wasa keener weaponthan the tongue, and when there was no organised assembly of the people to be swayed by their eloquence, but only a rabble to be led to the acropolis. The best-known typesfor this early period are Orthagorasof Sicyon,Cypselus of Corinth, Theagenes of Megara, and Peisistratus of Athens.

Gelo became lpo(pdvTaiT£>V^dovit^if 2 See the article " Genos" in Smith's Diet, of Greek and Roman deuv on the foundation of the city of Gela, because an ancestor Telines had Antiquities(SxdQ<1,}A curiousinstance brought the Ipd of these goddesses of the claim to a public priesthood basing itself on descent is to be found in Herodotus vii. 153. The family of with him. 3 II. ii. 404 ; iv. 344. 14 OUTLINES OF GREEK CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY CHAP. tribal unions cannot be determined. The c/wA?? may have been sometimesan" extended family, sometimesan aggregate of families.

The consequenceof the downfall of the monarchies, in Greece and in Asia Minor, was the transfer of government to the clans. This transfer might assume either of two forms. In somecasesthe governmentlapsedfrom the royal clan to the many noble clansof a community. At other times it waskept within the ruling clan, but, instead of being reserved for one individual, was vestedin the membersgenerally. 3 Of the secondform of clan government a great many instances were preserved even in historic times.

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