Two thousand five hundred years ago, in 507-506 BCE, the institutions of Athens were rocked by the reforms of Cleisthenes. Although the word did not yet exist, here was the foundation of democracy. First published in French in 1964, "Cleisthenes the Athenian" has become the classic study of the philosophical, political, and aesthetic background and significance of these reforms. This book has influenced a generation of scholars in anthropology, sociology, urban planning, political science, philosophy, and classical studies. This English translation contains the complete text of the original essay.
Pierre Leveque is president of the Annales Litteraires de l'Universite de Besancon and president emeritus of the Universite de Besancon. Pierre Vidal-Naquet is Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Director of the Centre Louis Gernet de Recherches Compares sur les Societes Anciennes.
Cornelius Castoriadis is Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
David Ames Curtis is a freelance translator, writer, and editor.