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The Classical Review 53 (1):123-125 (2003)

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  1. Revelry and Riot in Archaic Megara: Democratic Disorder or Ritual Reversal?Sara Forsdyke - 2005 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 125:73-92.
    Plutarch (probably following Aristotle's lost Constitution of the Megarians) associates several episodes of riotous behaviour with the existence of a radical democracy in Archaic Megara (Moralia 295c-d, 304e-t). Modem historians, in turn, have accepted that Megara was ruled by a democracy in the mid sixth century BC. I suggest that this conclusion is unjustified because the connection between riotous behaviour and democracy in Plutarch is based on fourth-century anti-democratic political thought. I propose instead that anecdotes describing the insolent behaviour of (...)
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