Remembering Defeat: Civil War and Civic Memory in Ancient Athens

Andrew Wolpert


In 404 BCE the Peloponnesian struggle ultimately got here to an finish, while the Athenians, starved into submission, have been compelled to simply accept Sparta's phrases of quit. presently afterwards a bunch of thirty conspirators, with Spartan backing ("the Thirty"), overthrew the democracy and proven a slim oligarchy. even though the oligarchs have been in energy for under 13 months, they killed greater than five percentage of the citizenry and terrorized the remaining by means of confiscating the valuables of a few and banishing many others. regardless of this brutality, participants of the democratic resistance circulation that regained keep an eye on of Athens got here to phrases with the oligarchs and agreed to an amnesty that secure collaborators from prosecution for all however the so much serious crimes.
The struggle and next reconciliation of Athenian society has been a wealthy box for historians of historical Greece. From a rhetorical and ideological point of view, this era is exclusive a result of amazing lengths to which the Athenians went to take care of peace. In Remembering Defeat, Andrew Wolpert claims that the peace was once "negotiated and built in civic discourse" and never imposed upon the population. instead of explaining why the reconciliation used to be profitable, as a fashion of laying off mild on alterations in Athenian ideology Wolpert makes use of public speeches of the early fourth century to contemplate how the Athenians faced the troubling thoughts of defeat and civil warfare, and the way they defined to themselves an contract that allowed the conspirators and their collaborators to move unpunished. Encompassing rhetorical research, trauma reviews, and up to date scholarship on id, reminiscence, and legislations, Wolpert's learn sheds new mild on a pivotal interval in Athens' history.

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