The Stability of Justice


  • Patrick Clancy University at Buffalo



Justice, Stability, Human Rights, Democracy, Tyranny


The stability of justice can be discussed in two parts. The first part centers around defining tyranny as an unjust form of government by examining the Peisistratid tyranny. It then demonstrates how democracy and human rights are stable, idealized forms of governmental justice. The second part builds upon the definitions from the first part and inspects how both Solon and Cleisthenes used the ideal of justice in their reforms. Additionally, the paper observes how that same essence of justice in governance is echoed by the ancient reforms in modern democracy and human rights.

Author Biography

Patrick Clancy, University at Buffalo

Patrick Clancy received his BA in Classics from Canisius College in 2015. He will be finishing his MA in Classics with an Ancient History concentration from the University at Buffalo, SUNY in the Spring of 2020. After graduation Patrick plans to work in university administration while continuing his Classics education. Patrick’s research interests are focused around the socio-political interactions between archaic Athens and Sparta.




How to Cite

Clancy, P. (2022). The Stability of Justice. Selected Proceedings of the Classics Graduate Student Symposia at the University of Florida, 1.