Notes on Aristocracy - Aristocracy tyranny and democracy...

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Aristocracy, tyranny, and democracy Pursued wealth and power as a distinctive culture Office holding and the symposium Homosexuality Aristocratic identity Problems with this system Limited access to those outside aristocratic circles Tyrannos— “tyranny” Tyrant seized power outside traditional framework Tyrant had to satisfy the hoplites Important path from aristocracy to democracy Power of poetry A new departure Archilochus of Paros (c. 680–640 B.C.E.) Sappho (c. 620–550 B.C.E.)
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Unformatted text preview: – New expression of feelings – Identity – Agricultural economy – Government • Areopagus —city council – Dominated by aristocratic elite – Selected archons • Archons— “first men” – Presided over entire governance – Military, judicial, religious affairs – Deep social divisions emerged • Debt slavery proliferated • Struggles among aristocratic families – Drakon (621 B.C.E.) • “Draconian” law code...
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  • Ancient Greece, Sappho, Aristocracy, PAROS, Aristocratic identity

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