This book aims to build a solid and proper contribution to the contemporary global debate on the experience of democracy and its possibilities as the most effective mediator of a series of challenges, a debate that is necessarily rooted in the critical reassessment of its Greek cultural heritage. The book is articulated around the identification of a concrete problem: the need for studies that critically discuss Athenian democracy, seen as a daily problem and practice, based on its staseis (crises) and metabolai (changes), and whose solutions and strategies may still contribute to the reflection on the social, intellectual and ethical-political challenges of contemporary democracy.
Delfim Ferreira LeãoDamasias and Thales: stasis and sophia at the term of Solon’s apodemia
Denis CorreaThe (not so violent) staseis and metabolai in the Aristotelian Athenaion Politeia
Martinho SoaresNature and natural phenomena in Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War: physis and kinesis as factors of political disturbance
Lucia Sano, Breno Battistin SebastianiDemocracy under the kothornos: Thucydides and Xenophon on Theramenes
Maria do Céu FialhoUniting past and present: Sicily as a locus of identity between Greece and Rome
Priscilla Gontijo LeiteForms of government and rhetoric: perceptions of democracy and oligarchy in Demosthenes