AHMA Colloquium: Daniela Cammack (UC Berkeley)

Friday, September 20, 2019

The first AHMA colloquium of the year takes place on Monday, September 30th, at 4:00 PM in 308C Doe Library

Daniela Cammack (UC Berkeley), "The Dēmos in Dēmokratia"

Dēmokratia is widely glossed 'rule by the people' where 'people' (dēmos) is defined as 'entire citizenry'. Yet from Homer to Aeschylus, dēmos indicated not the whole citizenry but a part: those who wielded political power through their participation in a collective agent—in the first instance, an assembly—as opposed to those who enjoyed political influence as individuals. Dēmokratia signalled that supreme power had passed to this group, away from the leading men who had previously held sway. The implications for our conceptualization of democracy are profound.