A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History

A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History

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A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History

A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History

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This little book is meant to be of assistance to those who find difficulty in mastering what I have often found regarded as the least attractive, probably because it is the least understood, portion of Greek history. The merest glance at its pages will be sufficient to show how little it attempts to compete with such standard works on Greek Political Antiquities as some of those mentioned in the brief bibliography which I have given on page XV. My debt to the works of Hermann, Schömann, Gilbert, and to the scholars who have written in Handbooks or in Dictionaries of Antiquities, is very great indeed; for no one can move a step in Greek Constitutional Law without consulting authorities as remarkable for the fulness as for the accuracy of their detail. But, apart from the obviously smaller compass of this treatise, my object has been somewhat different from that of most of these writers. Completeness of detail could not be aimed at in a work of this size; such an attempt would have changed what professes to be a History into a too concise, and therefore almost unintelligible, Manual of Political Antiquities. My purpose has been to give in a brief narrative form the main lines of development of Greek Public Law, to represent the different types of states in the order of their development, and to pay more attention to the working than to the mere structure of constitutions. I have attempted, in the introductory chapter of this work, to offer some considera-

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