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The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought


Part of Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World

Stephen Salkever, Dean Hammer, Arlene W. Saxonhouse, Norma Thompson, Gerald Mara, Susan Bickford, David Roochnik, Catherine H. Zuckert, Jill Frank, S. Sara Monoson, Ryan K. Balot, Fred D. Miller, Jr., Eric Brown
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521687126

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought provides a guide to understanding the central texts and problems in ancient Greek political thought, from Homer through the Stoics and Epicureans. Composed of essays specially commissioned for this volume and written by leading scholars of classics, political science, and philosophy, the Companion brings these texts to life by analysing what they have to tell us about the problems of political life. Focusing on texts by Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle, among others, they examine perennial issues, including rights and virtues, democracy and the rule of law, community formation and maintenance, and the ways in which theorizing of several genres can and cannot assist political practice.

    • Features all of the major relevant thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, Homer, Herodotus, and Socrates
    • Brings the concepts and ideas to life by relating them to present day examples
    • A multidisciplinary introduction to the area ideal for students of political science, philosophy, classical studies, and history of ideas
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    '… a rich and illuminating volume that offers fresh and useful insight into the political ideals and practices of the ancient Greek world.' Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521687126
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 2 tables 9 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Stephen Salkever
    1. Homer and political thought Dean Hammer
    2. Foundings vs. constitutions: ancient tragedy and the origins of political community Arlene W. Saxonhouse
    3. Most favored status in Herodotus and Thucydides: recasting the Athenian Tyrannicides through Solon and Pericles Norma Thompson
    4. Thucydides and political thought Gerald Mara
    5. 'This way of life, this contest': rethinking Socratic citizenship Susan Bickford
    6. The political drama of Plato's Republic David Roochnik
    7. Practical Plato Catherine H. Zuckert
    8. Reading Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics as a single course of lectures: rhetoric, politics, and philosophy Stephen Salkever
    9. Lived excellence in Aristotle's Constitution of Athens: why the Encomium of Theramenes matters Jill Frank and S. Sara Monoson
    10. The virtue politics of democratic Athens Ryan K. Balot
    11. Origins of rights in ancient political thought Fred D. Miller, Jr.
    12. The emergence of natural law and the Cosmopolis Eric Brown.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Classical Foundations
    • Masterpieces of Western Literature I
  • Editor

    Stephen Salkever, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
    Stephen Salkever is Katharine Woodworth Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. He is the author of Finding the Mean: Theory and Practice in Aristotelian Political Philosophy, as well as numerous articles and chapters on ancient and modern political philosophy. His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center, and he has received teaching awards from Bryn Mawr and from CASE.


    Stephen Salkever, Dean Hammer, Arlene W. Saxonhouse, Norma Thompson, Gerald Mara, Susan Bickford, David Roochnik, Catherine H. Zuckert, Jill Frank, S. Sara Monoson, Ryan K. Balot, Fred D. Miller, Jr., Eric Brown

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