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    DescriptionIlluminates the distinctive character of our modern understanding of the basis and value of free speech by contrasting it with the very different form of free speech that was practised by the ancient Athenians in their democratic regime. Free speech in the ancient democracy was not a protected right but an expression of the freedom from hierarchy, awe, reverence and shame. It was thus an essential ingredient of the egalitarianism of that regime. That freedom was challenged by the consequences of the rejection of shame (aidos) which had served as a cohesive force within the polity. Through readings of Socrates's trial, Greek tragedy and comedy, Thucydides's History, and Plato's Protagoras this volume explores the paradoxical connections between free speech, democracy, shame, and Socratic philosophy and Thucydidean history as practices of uncovering.


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    Title
    Free Speech and Democracy in Ancient Athens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arlene W. Saxonhouse
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521721585
    ISBN 10: 052172158X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA, JP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T General Subject: 650
    LC classification: JA
    Abridged Dewey: 320
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 320.9385
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 323.44309385
    Thema V1.0: JP, NHD, NHC
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    29 February 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Arlene W. Saxonhouse is Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Athenian Democracy: Modern Mythmakers and Ancient Theorists (1996), Fear of Diversity: The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought (1992), Women in the History of Political Thought: Ancient Greece to Machiavelli (1985) and editor with Noel B. Reynolds of Hobbes's Three Discourses: A Modern, Critical Edition of Newly Identified Works by the Young Thomas Hobbes (1995). She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She served as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar during the 2001-02 academic year and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998 she received the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Michigan. She was chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Michigan from 1990-93.
    Review quote
    '... Free Speech and Democracy in Ancient Athens is an invigorating work that will be of interest to both classicists and political scientists/theorists alike.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    Prologue: four stories; Part I. Introduction: 1. The legacy of free speech; 2. Democratic amnesia; Part II. Aidos: 3. The tale of two gyges: shame, community, and the public/private self; Part III. Parrhesia: The Practice of Free Speech in Ancient Athens: 4. The practice of free speech; 5. The trial of Socrates; Part IV. The Limits of Free Speech: 6. Truth and tragedy; 7. Thucydides's Assemblies; 8. Protagoras's shame and Socrates's speech; Conclusion: four paradoxes.