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Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice (Key Themes in Ancient History)

ISBN13: 9780521454551
ISBN: 0521454557
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $77.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Edition 1
Pages: 194
Average Goodreads rating: 3.87/5

Ancient Greece was a place of tremendous political experiment & innovation. It was here the 1st serious political thinkers emerged. Using carefully selected case-studies, in this 2009 book Cartledge investigates the dynamic interaction between ancient Greek political thought & practice from early historic times to the early Roman Empire. Of concern throughout are three major issues: 1st, the relationship of political thought & practice; 2nd, the relevance of class & status to explaining political behaviour & thinking; 3rd, democracy--its invention, development, expansion & extinction, prior to its recent resuscitation & even apotheosis. In addition, monarchy in various forms & at different periods & the peculiar political structures of Sparta are treated in detail over a chronological range extending from Homer to Plutarch. The book provides an introduction to the topic for all students & non-specialists who appreciate the continued relevance of ancient Greece to political theory & practice today.