A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought

A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought

Paperback Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World

By (author) Ryan K. Balot

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 658 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 246mm x 36mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 111845135X
  • ISBN 13: 9781118451359
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,390,343

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Comprises 34 essays from leading scholars in history, classics,philosophy, and political science to illuminate Greek and Romanpolitical thought in all its diversity and depth. * Offers a broad survey of ancient political thought from ArchaicGreece through Late Antiquity * Approaches ancient political philosophy from both a normativeand historical focus * Examines Greek and Roman political thought within historicalcontext and contemporary debate * Explores the role of ancient political thought in a range ofphilosophies, such as the individual and community, human rights,religion, and cosmopolitanism

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Ryan K. Balot is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. The author of Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens (2001) and Greek Political Thought (Blackwell, 2006), he specializes in the history of political thought.

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"Of note is the indispensable list of primary sources and a prodigious bibliography of secondary texts. These alone probably justify the purchase price." (CHOICE, 2009)

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Justice, virtue, and citizenship were at the center of political life in ancient Greece and Rome and were frequently discussed by classical poets, historians, and philosophers. This "Companion" illuminates Greek and Roman political thought in all its range, diversity, and depth. Thirty-four essays from leading scholars in history, classics, philosophy, and political science provide stimulating discussions of classical political thought, ranging from the Archaic Greek epics to the final days of the Roman Empire and beyond. These essays strike a judicious yet thought-provoking balance between theoretical and historical perspectives."A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought" is an authoritative guide to the ancient Greek and Roman political questions that continue to shape and challenge the modern world.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors x Acknowledgments xvi Note on Translations xvii List of Abbreviations xviii PART I The Broad View 1 1 Introduction: Rethinking the History of Greek and RomanPolitical Thought 3 Ryan K. Balot 2 What is Politics in the Ancient World? 20 Dean Hammer 3 Early Greek Political Thought in Its Mediterranean Context37 Kurt A. Raaflaub 4 Civic Ideology and Citizenship 57 P. J. Rhodes 5 Public Action and Rational Choice in Classical Greek PoliticalTheory 70 Josiah Ober 6 Imperial Ideologies, Citizenship Myths, and Legal Disputes inClassical Athens and Republican Rome 85 Craige B. Champion 7 Gendered Politics, or the Self-Praise of Andres Agathoi100 Giulia Sissa 8 The Religious Contexts of Ancient Political Thought 118 Robin Osborne PART II Democracies and Republics 131 9 Democracy Ancient and Modern 133 Peter Liddel 10 Rights, Individuals, andCommunities in Ancient Greece 149 Paul Cartledge and Matt Edge 11 Personal Freedom in Greek Democracies, Republican Rome, andModern Liberal States 164 Robert W. Wallace 12 The Mixed Constitution in Greek Thought 178 David E. Hahm 13 Republican Virtues 199 Malcolm Schofield 14 Roman Democracy? 214 W. Jeffrey Tatum PART III The Virtues and Vices of One-Man Rule 229 15 The Uses and Abuses of Tyranny 231 Sara Forsdyke 16 Hellenistic Monarchy in Theory and Practice 247 Arthur M. Eckstein 17 The Ethics of Autocracy in the Roman World 266 Carlos F. Noren a PART IV The Passions of Ancient Politics 281 18 Political Animals: Pathetic Animals 283 Giulia Sissa 19 Anger, Eros, and Other Political Passions in Ancient GreekThought 294 Paul W. Ludwig 20 Some Passionate Performances in Late Republican Rome308 Robert A. Kaster PART V The Athens of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle321 21 The Trial and Death of Socrates 323 Debra Nails 22 The Politics of Plato s Socrates 339 Rachana Kamtekar 23 Freedom, Tyranny, and the Political Man: Plato sRepublic and Gorgias, a Study in Contrasts 353 Arlene W. Saxonhouse 24 Plato on the Sovereignty of Law 367 Zena Hitz 25 Naturalism in Aristotle sPolitical Philosophy 382 Timothy Chappell 26 The Ethics of Aristotle s Politics 399 David J. Depew PART VI Constructing Political Narrative 419 27 Imitating Virtue and Avoiding Vice: Ethical Functions ofBiography, History, and Philosophy 421 Charles W. Hedrick, Jr 28 Greek Drama and Political Thought 440 John Gibert 29 Character in Politics 456 Philip A. Stadter PART VII Antipolitics 471 30 Cosmopolitan Traditions 473 David Konstan 31 False Idles: The Politics of the QuietLife 485 Eric Brown 32 Citizenship and Signs: Rethinking Augustine on the Two Cities501 Todd Breyfogle PART VIII Receptions 527 33 Republicanism: Ancient, Medieval, and Beyond 529 Christopher Nadon 34 Twentieth Century Revivals of Ancient Political Thought:Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss 542 Catherine H. Zuckert References 557 Index of Subjects 620 Index Locorum 650