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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book. The book aims to subject Demetrius of Phalerum' decade in power to systematic consideration in its own right, viewed both from the perspective of affairs within the city itself, and as part of the broader context of Diadochan politics. Through this close concentration on Demetrius' government, it seeks in particular to challenge some of the assumptions that have been at the foundation of earlier treatments of the regime. In recent decades, however, the nature of Demetrius' debt to his education has begun to be reappraised. In his major article on Demetrius' government, Gehrke looked at the extent to which Phalerean reforms can be seen not so much as the product of philosophical education, but really as symptomatic of a wider movements already felt in fourth-century Athens, trends towards increased legislative control over private life and away from radical democratic forms.

Keywords: Demetrius of Phalerum; fourth-century Athens



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