By Alex Gottesman
This e-book is the 1st in-depth research of the classical Athenian public sphere. It examines how public opinion used to be created by means of impromptu theatrics and by way of gossip, and the way it flowed into and out of the civic associations. Athenians didn't have hookah bars or espresso retailers yet they did socialize in symposia and gymnasia and workshops, and notably within the Agora. those represented the Athenian 'street', an off-the-cuff political area that used to be obvious as qualitatively varied from the institutional house of the meeting, the council and the courts the place elite orators held sway. The ebook explores how Athenians of every kind, akin to politicians, slaves and philosophers, sought to take advantage of the assets of the 'street' in pursuit in their goals.
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32 33 A brief history of the Agora 39 slaves in the Theseion were looking for a different kind of arrangement, as I will discuss in Chapter 6. ” (Pollux 7. 35 As part of his recommendations for improving the Athenian economy, Xenophon suggests that permanent structures should be built to house large-scale commercial operations (Poroi 3. 12–14). 36 Retailers sold their wares in a variety of temporary structures. Some merchants used tents or booths made from wicker. These were the structures that, according to Demosthenes, the prytaneis set on fire in 338 to summon the citizens to an emergency assembly after the sack of Elateia by Philip (18.
Shear argued that the old group was located immediately southwest of the new one, not far from the Council along the same street (Shear Jr. ). 21 A fourth stoa is mentioned by Aeschines, the Stoa of the Herms (3. 183). It has not been identified yet. Robertson 1999 suggests that it was another name for the Stoa Basileios. 22 Thompson and Wycherley 1972: 102. 23 For discussion of the paintings see Castriota 1992: 76–88. 24 Thompson and Wycherley 1972: 92–3; Camp 1986: 72. 36 A tour of the Agora beggars, so that when his clothes got dirty by the contact with them he got up and left (D.
It was quite common in the fifth century for politicians to stage publicity stunts in order to shape sentiment or spark interest. The citizen-public would then carry that sentiment with them into the institutions, and with the aid of carefully chosen procedures it might lead to an institutional decision. This decision would then feed back into communal streams of discourse, bringing about the decision that the institution had enacted. Like their stunt See especially Finley 1983: 97–121. Osborne 2000.