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Title: The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought
Author: Salkever, Stephen (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521687126
Volumes: 1; Pages: 392
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The Cambridge Companion to Greek Political Thought offers 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 analyzing 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.ContentsIntroduction Stephen Salkever1. Homer and political thought Dean Hammer2. Foundings vs. constitutions: ancient tragedy and the origins of political community Arlene W. Saxonhouse3. Most favored status in Herodotus and Thucydides: recasting the Athenian Tyrannicides through Solon and Pericles Norma Thompson4. Thucydides and political thought Gerald Mara5. "This way of life, this contest": rethinking Socratic citizenship Susan Bickford6. The political drama of Plato's Republic David Roochnik7. Practical Plato Catherine H. Zuckert8. Reading Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics as a single course of lectures: rhetoric, politics, and philosophy Stephen Salkever9. Lived excellence in Aristotle's Constitution of Athens: why the Encomium of Theramenes matters Jill Frank and S. Sara Monoson10. The virtue politics of democratic Athens Ryan K. Balot11. Origins of rights in ancient political thought Fred D. Miller, Jr.12. The emergence of natural law and the Cosmopolis Eric Brown.