A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought

A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought

Language: English

Pages: 688

ISBN: 111845135X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Comprises 34 essays from leading scholars in history, classics, philosophy, and political science to illuminate Greek and Roman political thought in all its diversity and depth.

  • Offers a broad survey of ancient political thought from Archaic Greece through Late Antiquity
  • Approaches ancient political philosophy from both a normative and historical focus
  • Examines Greek and Roman political thought within historical context and contemporary debate
  • Explores the role of ancient political thought in a range of philosophies, such as the individual and community, human rights, religion, and cosmopolitanism

Greek Medicine from Hippocrates to Galen: Selected Papers

Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae: Philosophizing Theatre and the Politics of Perception in Late Fifth-Century Athens (Cambridge Classical Studies)

Life and Letters in the Ancient Greek World (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)

Histoire de l'éducation dans l'Antiquité, tome 2

The Ancient Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry Revisited: Plato and the Greek Literary Tradition













Institutions Perhaps the most conventional, and seemingly the most intuitively defensible, approach to politics is to locate it in a set of constitutional and institutional arrangements that allow a community to allocate resources, enforce values, and adjudicate disputes. By any other name, these formalized institutional arrangements are called governments. Finley, for example, contends that “political decisions” must be “binding on the society” and “political units” must have a “governmental

suggest that politics may have assumed the “functions of relations of production” since the appropriation and distribution of surplus was “mediated via political status” (Godelier 1977: 36; Vernant 1976: 76; 1980: 10; also Hindess and Hirst 1975: 82–91). Such reconceptualizations, though, have not been uniformly applauded. For some, the elevation of the political over the economic does not explain “the dynamics of ancient society” (McKeown 1999: 112). That is to say, it takes the economic engine

of Polybius, The Landmark Edition of Polybius’ Histories (forthcoming). He has published numerous articles and review essays on ancient Greek and Roman history and historiography. Timothy Chappell is Professor of Philosophy at The Open University, Milton Keynes, England, and Director of the Open University Ethics Centre. His books are Values and Virtues: Aristote-lianism in Contemporary Ethics (2007); The Inescapable Self (2005); Reading Plato’s Theaetetus (2004); Human Values: New Essays in

Greece in the Making 1200–479 BC (1996), Archaic and Classical Greek Art (1998), and Greek History (2004). With P. J. Rhodes he edited Greek Historical Inscriptions 404–323 BC (2003). He is a Fellow of the British Academy. Kurt A. Raaflaub is David Herlihy University Professor in Classics and History and Director of the Program in Ancient Studies at Brown University. His research interests have focused on the social, political, military, and intellectual history of archaic and classical Greece

The seventeenth century founders of modern liberalism, such as Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Locke, aspired to create an utterly new, even Utopian, vision of political order and human freedom. Their sanguine attitudes toward modern progress were based as much on faith in scientific and technological advancement as on the creation of new and supposedly more realistic political ideals. As noble as their ambitions may have been, however, the goal of “routing the ancients,” of eliminating

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