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18 January 2010

224 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195380897


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Politics

Antiquity and Its Legacy

Kostas Vlassopoulos

Ancients & Moderns

Kostas Vlassopoulos shows much can be learned about the practice of politics from a comparative discussion of the classical and the contemporary. His starting point is that the value of looking back to a political system with different assumptions and elements can help us think, and even shape, what the future of modern politics might be. He discusses the contrasting political systems of Athens, Sparta and Rome; the political theories of thinkers like Plato, Aristotle and Cicero; how great events like the Peloponnesian War or the Roman civil wars shaped the course of political theory; and the discovery of freedom, participation and equality as political values in antiquity. Above all, the book shows how important and surprising an analysis of the ancient world can be in reassessing and revaluating modern political debates.

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