Ancient Greece was a place of tremendous political experiment & innovation. It was here the 1st serious political thinkers emerged. Using carefully selected case-studies, in this 2009 book Cartledge investigates the dynamic interaction between ancient Greek political thought & practice from early historic times to the early Roman Empire. Of concern throughout are three major issues: 1st, the relationship of political thought & practice; 2nd, the relevance of class & status to explaining political behaviour & thinking; 3rd, democracy--its invention, development, expansion & extinction, prior to its recent resuscitation & even apotheosis. In addition, monarchy in various forms & at different periods & the peculiar political structures of Sparta are treated in detail over a chronological range extending from Homer to Plutarch. The book provides an introduction to the topic for all students & non-specialists who appreciate the continued relevance of ancient Greece to political theory & practice today.