Chapter 4. Criticizing Democracy in Late Fifth-Century Athens

  1. Ryan K. Balot

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774618.ch4

Greek Political Thought

Greek Political Thought

How to Cite

Balot, R. K. (2006) Criticizing Democracy in Late Fifth-Century Athens, in Greek Political Thought, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774618.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405100298

Online ISBN: 9780470774618



  • aristocratic ideals;
  • freedom of speech;
  • sparta;
  • corinthians;
  • thucydides


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Mapping out the Problem: The “Old Oligarch”

  • Modern and Ancient Quandaries

  • The Challenge of Thrasymachus and Callicles

  • Thucydidean Imperialists Revisit Nomos and Phusis

  • Socrates and Nomos

  • Logos and Ergon

  • Democratic Epistemology and Relativism

  • Democratic Epistemology and Untrustworthy Rhetoric - or, Where Does the Truth Lie?

  • Socrates and Athens