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The Reception of Hellenistic Athens 37 Athens and Demetrius Poliorcetes: Degenerate Flatterers Modern commentators find the ultimate proof of the death of their ideal polis in 307 with the deification of Demetrius Poliorcetes. Condemned by critics of Athenian democracy as an indicator of the excesses of democracy, the Athenians are roundly criticized for honouring a foreigner, which is seen to be synonymous with their loss of liberty. Their behaviour is almost always seen as excessive, irrational, shameful, or downright deranged.
To the time that the race of the Lagidae failed in Egypt’. Gillies (1807) includes the Antigonids, Seleucids and Ptolemies among the Greeks, referring to the Hellenistic monarchies as ‘the Greek kingdoms in Asia and Africa’. But in nineteenth-century histories we see a sharp contrast, with authors not only critical of Macedonians and their behaviour, but also distinguishing them from Greeks. Grote (1862, vol. 8, p. 246) sees Macedonians as ignorant barbarians who could barely communicate with the outside world: Alexander .
118) countered on the grounds that Themistocles was ambitious; Pericles pandered to the people; and Phocion ‘went over to Philip of Macedon, Alexander and Antipater’. Drake was The Reception of Hellenistic Athens 31 alone in this view, and it would be considerably more than a century before the Athenians’ ideological motives for eliminating Phocion were so well understood. Gast (1793, vol. 2, p. 136) casts Phocion as innocent – guilty only of having ‘been in favour with Cassander and his father’.