Politics, Memory and Representation in Early Hellenistic Athens: Approaching the Athenian Political Imaginary

Manolis E. Pagkalos*

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Abstract

During the early Hellenistic period, the Athenians found themselves entangled in the competition of the Diadochoi, struggling between subjugation and autonomy and the different factions of the Macedonians. The democratic regime, one of the main characteristics of the Athenian political imaginary, was repeatedly targeted, forcing responses, when possible, by its civic body. This paper discusses some of these responses, as attested in the epigraphic data, where the reception and use of the past are vividly imprinted. The epigraphic evidence demonstrates civic needs where ties with the historical past of the polis are established to address the present and solidify a particular image of co-belonging.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)9-44
Number of pages36
JournalRicerche Ellenistiche
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • use of the past
  • memory
  • Anchoring
  • Early Hellenistic Athens
  • Democracry
  • Freedom
  • Political Culture

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