This book invites readers to join in a fresh and extensive investigation of one of Ancient Greece's greatest inventions: democratic government. * Provides an accessible, up--to--date survey of vital issues in Greek democracy. * Covers democracy's origins, growth and essential nature. * Raises questions of continuing interest. * Combines ancient texts in translation and recent scholarly articles. * Invites the reader into a process of historical investigation. * Contains maps, a glossary and an index.