Inventions of Prudence: The Ancien Regime in Classical Greece v. 1

Inventions of Prudence: The Ancien Regime in Classical Greece v. 1 : The Ancien Regime in Classical Greece

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An assessment of the ancient Greek city and its subsequent influence. A masterwork of political theory and comparative politics for the classroom. "In a series of sketches touching on everything from the lust for honor to the suspicion of commerce and philosophy, from the role of homoerotic bonds in maintaining military formations to the distrust of technological innovation, Rahe brilliantly reminds us how utterly committed the Greeks were to a politics in which the distribution of honors, education and culture in all their forms, and economic activity were all designed to preserve civic solidarity."--Jack N. Rakove, American Historical Review "[An] extraordinary book...It is a great achievement and will stay as a landmark."--Patrick Leigh Fermor, The Spectator (London) "A work of magisterial erudition."-- Journal of American History

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  • Paperback | 404 pages
  • 156.7 x 233.9 x 29mm | 639.33g
  • The University of North Carolina Press
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 1st New edition
  • 080784473X
  • 9780807844731

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Where many intellectual historians discern a revival of the classical spirit in the political speculation of the age stretching from Machiavelli to Adam Smith, Rahe brings to light a self-conscious repudiation of the theory and practice of ancient self-government and an inclination to restrict the scope of politics, to place greater reliance on institutions than on virtuous restraint, and to give free rein to the human's capacities as a toolmaking animal.

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About Paul Anthony Rahe

Paul A. Rahe is professor of history at the University of Tulsa.

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