The School of History

The School of History : Athens in the Age of Socrates

By (author) Mark H. Munn

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History, political philosophy and constitutional law were born in Athens in the space of a single generation - the generation that lived through the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BCE). This remarkable age produced such luminaries as Socrates, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and the sophists, and set the stage for the education and early careers of Plato and Xenophon, among others. The School of History provides the fullest and most detailed intellectual and political history available of Athens during the late 5th century BCE, as it examines the background, the context and the decisive events shaping this society in the throes of war. This narrative ultimately leads to a fresh understanding of Athenian democratic culture, showing why and how it yeilded such extraordinary intellectual productivity.

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  • Hardback | 537 pages
  • 164.1 x 236.2 x 39.1mm | 983.98g
  • 08 Jun 2000
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 12 b&w photographs, 1 line illustration, 4 maps
  • 0520215575
  • 9780520215573

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Mark Munn is Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and the author of "The Defense of Attica: The Dema Wall and the Boiotian War of 378-375 b.c." (California, 1993).

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"Munn's book is a substantial contribution to the literature on the political world of the late fifth century. His sense of the continuities and dissonances between the traditional elite political culture and the exigencies created by democratic imperialism is a particularly valuable theme, and the collation of primary and secondary sources for a whole series of complex events spanning more than two decades will make the book useful to many."--Robert Vaca, "The Review of Politics"

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