Josiah Ober

Dr. Josiah Ober

Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor in Honor of Constantine Mitsotakis and Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University.


Some recent publications

  • Ober, J. (2017).

Demopolis: Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press.

  • Ober, J. (2015).

The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece. Princeton University Press.

  • Ober, J. (2008).

Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens. Princeton University Press.

Texts to download

  • Ober, J. (2019).

“What Did Democracy Mean to Greek Democrats?”. Philosophy and Public Issues (New Series), Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 73-82.

  • Ober, J. & Manville, B. (2019).

“In Search of Democracy 4.0. Is Democracy as We Know It Destined to Die?”. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, March 2019, pp. 32-42.

  • Ober, J. (2017).

“Mass and Elite Revisited”, in R. Evans, ed. Mass and Elite in the Greek and Roman Worlds: From Sparta to Late Antiquity. Routledge, pp. 1-10.

  • Ober, J. (2012).
  • Ober, J. (2010).

“Thucydides on Athens’ democratic advantage in the Archidamian War”, in D. Pritchard, ed. War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens. Cambridge University Press, pp. 65-87.

  • Ober, J. (2009).

“Can We Learn From Ancient Athenian Democracy? Historical and Modern Perspectives”, in A. Chaniotis, A. Kuhn & C. Kuhn, eds. Applied Classics: Comparisons, Constructs, Controversies. Steiner Verlag, pp. 207-230.

  • Ober, J. (2009).

“After Cultural Studies: When the State Has Not Withered Away”. Republics of Letters: A Journal for the Study of Knowledge, Politics, and the Arts, Vol. 1, No. 1 .

  • Ober, J. (2007).

“At the Deathbed of Alexander the Great”, in B. Hollinshead & T. K. Rabb, eds. I Wish I Had Been There II. New York, pp. 1-17.

  • Ober, J. (2004).

“’I Besieged That Man’. Democracy’s Revolutionary Start”. in K. Raaflaub, J. Ober, & R. Wallace, eds. Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece. University of California Press, pp. 83-104.