Office and Anarchy
his lecture introduces the importance of political office in the grammar of Greek constitutional thought, by exploring historical moments suggesting that the Athenians at least had an implicitly normative conception of political office. The most important of these episodes is in the aftermath of the rule of the Thirty in 404/03, when some texts record the archon under the Thirty whose name would normally be used to date the festival year as Pythodorus, but others record this as a year of anarchia, in which no (valid) archon had served.
Date: 16 January 2018, 17:00 (Tuesday, 1st week, Hilary 2018)
Venue: Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street OX1 4BG
Speaker: Melissa Lane (Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Princeton University)
Organising department: Faculty of History
Part of: The Carlyle Lectures - Don’t Think for Yourself: Authority and Belief in Medieval Philosophy
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Laura Spence