A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought (Blackwell

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Includes 34 essays from major students in historical past, classics, philosophy, and political technological know-how to light up Greek and Roman political proposal in all its range and depth.

• bargains a extensive survey of historic political inspiration from Archaic Greece via overdue Antiquity
• ways historical political philosophy from either a normative and old focus
• Examines Greek and Roman political suggestion inside of ancient context and modern debate
• Explores the function of historical political inspiration in more than a few philosophies, reminiscent of the person and group, human rights, faith, and cosmopolitanism

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1985; Dagger 1997). The foregoing examples represent merely a few of the diverse functions to which virtue has been put in modern European and North American theory and practice. Obviously, the horizon of this discussion could be vastly extended if we should turn to the history of Asian or Mddle Eastern practices of virtue. Against this necessarily schematic outline, we can come to understand the highly particular role played by conceptions of ethical and intellectual excellence in classical political thought.

Sissa (chapters 7 and 18) and Champion, in particular, provide frameworks within which we can understand and evaluate the relationship between Greco-Roman “manliness” and ancient bellicosity, against the background of ancient Mediterranean culture at large. Third, we improve our historiographic self-consciousness through becoming increasingly aware of our own location within histories of political life and thought. To be sure, we risk anachronism if we allow our interpretative lenses to be clouded with inappropriate terminology (cf.

Philebus Plt. Politicus (Statesman) 39 Prt. Protagoras Resp. Republic Sph. Sophist Symposium Symp. Tht. Theaetetus Tim. Timaeus Plin. NH Pliny (the Elder), Naturalis historia Plin. Pan. Pliny (the Younger), Panegyricus Pliny, Ep. Pliny (the Younger), Epistulae Plut. Plutarch Mor. Adv. Moralia Adversus Coloten (Against Colotes) Col an virt. An virtus doceri possit (Whether virtue can be taught) doc. possit comp. Comparatio Demosthenis et Ciceronis Dem. et Cic. De Alex. fort. De fortuna Alexandri 40 De Stoic.

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