Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire

Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Baylor University Press
  • Waco, United States
  • English
  • 1602580073
  • 9781602580077

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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 Universityshow more

About Ann Ward

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

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Egypt and Scythia: The Pious and the Poetic Regimes 3. Persia and Regimes in Theory 4. Athens and Regimes in History Conclusion: Herodotus and the Role of the Historian Epilogue: 9/11 and the Politics of Empire Notes Bibliography Indexshow more