Chapter Eight. Athens

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director3 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor4
  1. Michael Stahl Professor1 and
  2. Uwe Walter Professor2

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch8

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Stahl, M. and Walter, U. (2009) Athens, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Brown University, USA

  2. 4

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

  2. 2

    University of Bielefeld, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • Athens - first settlements on slopes of Acropolis, the Mycenaean fortress;
  • violence, law, and procedure - Cylon and Draco;
  • Solon “Invents” the Athenian Polis – Solon, eminent personality of archaic Greece;
  • Solon and the Athenian crisis;
  • Solon's first measure - seisachtheia (shaking-off of burdens) - cancellation of all debts;
  • Latent Citizen-state - tyranny of Peisistratus and his sons;
  • revolution and reform - People of Athens and Cleisthenes;
  • grassroots democracy, mobilization, and integration


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Where to begin?

  • Violence, Law, and Procedure: Cylon and Draco

  • Solon “Invents” the Athenian Polis

  • The Latent Citizen-state: The Tyranny of Peisistratus and His Sons

  • Revolution and Reform: The People of Athens and Cleisthenes