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By Ryan K. Balot

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

  • Offers a wide survey of historical political concept from Archaic Greece via overdue Antiquity
  • Approaches old political philosophy from either a normative and ancient focus
  • Examines Greek and Roman political suggestion inside of old context and modern debate
  • Explores the position of historic political idea in various philosophies, similar to the person and group, human rights, faith, and cosmopolitanism

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Our goal is to arrive at the advantageous position of being able to make use of historical thinkers and practices, to ‘‘put them into play,’’ so to speak, as we strive to ask the recurrent questions of political life. It is in this way that contributors to the present volume have strived not only to formulate the outlook of a newly distinct subfield, but also to uncover the extraordinary resources offered by study of classical political thought. Politics, Ethics, Citizenship The ancient Greeks and Romans had a particular way of understanding the relationship between the political and the ethical, which illustrates the larger educational significance of studying classical political thought with attention to its particularity.

2009 8:45am Compositor Name: PDjeapradaban 11 Romans emphasized the specifically civic virtues of character such as justice, loyalty to the community, piety, civic friendship, self-control, and courage. Even more importantly, they emphasized civic prudence – that is, the citizens’ capacity to deliberate effectively on the city’s momentous concerns, such as war and peace, awards of citizenship, the maintenance of sacred land, and the use of collective material resources for public building-projects and festivals.

While providing helpful introductions for the uninitiated, they also ask fresh questions. Their essays illustrate the ways in which ancient political thought can inspire us to challenge the conventional political wisdom of late modernity. Contributors to the present volume share the belief that classical political thought constitutes a powerful, if internally diverse, tradition that is capable, even now, of opening us to novel political possibilities. In order to deepen our political understanding, and to expand our political imagination, the authors of the following essays have creatively transgressed their traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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