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Dangerous Counsel: Accountability and Advice in Ancient Greece

Matthew Landauer


This book examines the role of the sumboulos (adviser) in Greek conceptions of both democratic and autocratic politics. The distinctive role of advisers follows from the structural similarity between the two regime types, especially with regard to accountability politics. The Athenian demos, gathered together in the assembly and in the popular courts, was understood in the fifth and fourth centuries to have competencies and powers akin to those of an autocratic ruler. In particular, both the demos and the autocrat were recognized as unaccountable rulers able to hold others, including their adv ... More

Keywords: accountability, advice, Athenian democracy, counsel, democracy, demos tyrant analogy, Herodotus, Thucydides, Tyranny, Plato

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226654010
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226653822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Landauer, author
University of Chicago