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Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice (Paul Cartledge) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521455954
Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice (Paul Cartledge) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521455954
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Title: Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice

Author: Cartledge, Paul

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521455954

Volumes: 1; Pages: 194

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Ancient Greece was a place of tremendous political experiment and innovation, and it was here too that the first serious political thinkers emerged. Using carefully selected case-studies, Professor Cartledge investigates the dynamic interaction between ancient Greek political thought and practice from early historic times to the early Roman Empire. Of concern throughout are three major issues: first, the relationship of political thought and practice; second, the relevance of class and status to explaining political behaviour and thinking; third, democracy--its invention, development and expansion, and extinction, prior to its recent resuscitation and even apotheosis. In addition, monarchy in various forms and at different periods and 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 and non-specialists who appreciate the continued relevance of ancient Greece to political theory and practice today.ContentsTimeline1. Meaning in context: how to write a history of Greek political thought2. The Greek invention of the polis, of politics and of the politicalNarrative I. The Prehistoric and Protohistoric Greek World c. 1300 B.C.E-c. 750 B.C.E3. Rule by one: the politics of Homer, c. 750 B.C.ENarrative II. The Archaic Greek World, c. 750-500 B.C.E4. Rule by some: the politics of Solon, c. 600 B.C.E5. Rule by all: the Athenian revolution, c. 500 B.C.ENarrative III. The Classical Greek World I: c. 500-400 B.C.E6. The human measure: the Greek invention of political theory, c. 500-400 B.C.E7. The trial of Socrates, 399 B.C.ENarrative IV. The Classical Greek World II: c. 400-300 B.C.E8. Rule by one revisited: the politics of Xenophon, Plato, Isocrates, Aristotle--and Alexander the Great, c. 400-330 B.C.ENarrative V. The Hellenistic Greek World c. 300-30 B.C.E9. (E)utopianism by design: the Spartan revolution, 244-221 B.C.ENarrative VI. 'Graecia Capta' (Greece Conquered) c. 146 B.C.E-C.E. 12010. The end of politics? The world of Plutarch, c. C.E. 10011. The Greek legacy and democracy todayAppendix I. Selected texts and documentsAppendix II. The 'Old Oligarch': a close reading
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