Special Topic: Democracy and Empire in Ancient Athens. In the fifth century, Athenians both managed a complex empire and maintained a democracy that wrested power from aristocratic elites and ensured the poorest citizens a political voice. Elite and popular perspectives on the imperial democracy are found in sources as varied as history, philosophy, entertainment, archaeological evidence, and inscriptions. Considering these sources, this class examines the origins, ideology, and institutions of Athenian democracy. Prerequisite: second-year standing. HUM-101 recommended.