24 June 2010

Lords of the Sea

I am reading the 'Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy' by John R. Hale, a highly readable account of the rise of Athens with an emphasis on the naval affairs and how it contributed to the rise of the Athenian empire, the thalassocracy. As stated in the book, Athenian democracy was not as we common assumed, and the democratic state did assume the leadership of the Delian League. Member states were not allowed to leave while others were forced to join.

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