Politics in the Ancient World

Politics in the Ancient World

Paperback Wiles Lectures

By (author) M. I. Finley


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  • Format: Paperback | 162 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 13mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 3 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521275709
  • ISBN 13: 9780521275705
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 1,177,467

Product description

The business of politics - the vital process of conducting government through the dynamics of argument, conflict and decision-making - offers us one of the most revealing areas of insight into any society. Sir Moses Finley's exploration of politics in the city states of Greece and republican Rome yields insights into the arenas of political debate which have made a major impact on our understanding of the ancient world. The early political involvement of the free lower classes, the effect of war and conquest on political stability, and the ideological pressures which influenced the course of internal conflicts are salient themes in this stimulating investigation of the nature of government in Greece and Rome.

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' ... lively and entertaining ... [Finley] never loses touch with his lay readers.' The New Republic ' ... a splendid succession of illuminating insights ... provocative and entertaining ... written with all Sir Moses' characteristic clarity and panache.' History of Political Thought ' ... a brilliant analysis of the politics of the Greek and Roman city state ... a beautiful comparative study ... This is an important book.' American Historical Review

Table of contents

Preface; 1. State, class and power; 2. Authority and patronage; 3. Politics; 4. Popular participation; 5. Political issues and conflict; 6. Ideology; Bibliography; Index.