Constitution of Athens

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Constitution of Athens,

treatise by Aristotle or a member of his school, written in the late 4th cent. B.C. It was lost until discovered on Egyptian papyrus in 1890. It is a history of the Athenian government and an account of its operation in the time of Aristotle. It is a valuable historical source.


See tr. by H. Rackham (rev. ed. 1961); study by J. H. Day and M. Chambers (1962).

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