Ancient greek origins of separation of powers?
February 13, 2013 12:32 PM Subscribe
Somewhere I read an interpretation of the development of democracy in Ancient Greece that went something like this: A king died and three princes struggled to seize power. No one prince was strong enough to defeat the others. They made a deal that one would be responsible for military matters, the second for administrative matters, and the third for religious. This system proved relatively effective and was continued, eventually on a non-hereditary basis, and is the original source for the separation of powers between different branches of government.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy to Law & Government (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Does that sound familiar to anyone? I'm looking for the origins of separation of powers, not democracy. I think it came from a book by Paul Johnson or a similar conservative historian if that helps. I'd appreciate a reference or guidance if it rings any ancient bells.