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

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

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By (author) Vincent Farenga

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 602 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 226mm x 46mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521845599
  • ISBN 13: 9780521845595

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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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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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"...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

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Justice to the dead: prototypes of the citizen and self in early Greece; 2. Performing justice in early Greece: dispute settlement in the Iliad; 3. Self-transformation and the therapy of justice in the Odyssey; 4. Performing the law: the lawgiver, statute law and the jury trial; 5. Citizenship by degrees: Ephebes and demagogues in democratic Athens, 465-460; 6. The naturalization of citizen and self in democratic Athens, c.450-411; 7. Democracy's narcissistic citizens: Alcibiades and Socrates; Conclusion; Reference list.