Aristotle: Athenian Constitution

(320 BCE)

The Athenian Constitution, attributed to Aristotle, is a commentary on the development of constitutional democracy in ancient Greece. The transliterated Greek title is Athenaion Politeia, so Greek scholars often refer to the text informally as the Ath. Pol. or the A.P. The text of Athenian Constitution, portions of which have not survived, is essentially a history of ancient Greece from a political, constitutional perspective. Thus it traces the progression of Greek rulers and the constitutional reforms they initiated—or in some cases their suppression of constitutional rights and...

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Columns of Olympieum (Temple of Olympian Zeus) with Acropolis in background (Library of Congress)

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