Lesson 1
Solon's Political Measures 1
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Prof. Kagan, Donald, CLCV 205, Introduction to Ancient Greek History, Fall 2007, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Classics (Accessed 21/09/2014), http://oyc.yale.edu/classics/clcv-205/lecture-11 License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA In this lecture, Professor Kagan traces the development of Athens. He argues that Athens, like other poleis, undergoes political and social turmoil due to the rise of the hoplite farmer. This unrest is first seen in the attempted coup d'état of Cylon and the Law of Draco. It should be noted that Solon established laws that were moderate in nature. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Solon was only partially successful. Eventually, a tyranny is established in Athens by Peisistratus, but Peisistratus, according to Professor Kagan, was a special type of tyrant, one that not only upheld the new laws of Solon, but was also interested in the welfare of Athens.

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