Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire

Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire


By (author) Ann Ward

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  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Waco
  • ISBN 10: 1602580073
  • ISBN 13: 9781602580077

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In Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire , Ann Ward treats the classical writer not as a historian but as a political philosopher. Ward uses close textual analysis to demonstrate that Herodotus investigates recurring themes in the most important forms of government in the ancient world. This analysis of The Histories concludes with reflections on the problems of empire, not only for the Persians and the striving Athenians, but for our own government as well. To this end, Ward contrasts Herodotus on empire with the assumptions underlying speeches and writings of Paul Wolfowitz, Colin L. Powell, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and Robert W. Merry.

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Ann Ward (Ph.D. Fordham University) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics-Political Studies, Campion College, University of Regina.

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This rich and comprehensive analysis beautifully captures the political urgency of Herodotus' insights -Norma Thompson, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the Humanities, Yale University

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...a rich and comprehensive analysis... "-Norma Thompson"