Citizen and Self in Ancient Greece

Citizen and Self in Ancient Greece : Individuals Performing Justice and the Law

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This 2006 study examines how the ancient Greeks decided questions of justice as a key to understanding the intersection of our moral and political lives. Combining contemporary political philosophy with historical, literary and philosophical texts, it examines a series of remarkable individuals who performed 'scripts' of justice in early Iron Age, archaic and classical Greece. From the earlier periods, these include Homer's Achilles and Odysseus as heroic individuals who are also prototypical citizens, and Solon the lawgiver, writing the scripts of statute law and the jury trial. In democratic Athens, the focus turns to dialogues between a citizen's moral autonomy and political obligation in Aeschyleon tragedy, Pericles' citizenship paradigm, Antiphon's sophistic thought and forensic oratory, the political leadership of Alcibiades and Socrates' moral individualism.

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  • Hardback | 602 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 45.7mm | 952.56g
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521845599
  • 9780521845595

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"...the book's 592 pages fairly bristle with ideas and insights that should excite and intrigue anyone with a serious interest in classical and preclassical Greek antiquity." --Phoenix

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About Vincent Farenga

Vincent Farenga is associate professor of classics and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. He has contributed to Arethusa, Helios, and Modern Language Notes.

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