The Greek Discovery of Politics
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Greek Discovery of Politics by Christian Meier
Book DescriptionWhy the Greeks? How did it happen that these people out of all Mediterranean societies developed democratic systems of government? The outstanding German historian of the ancient world, Christian Meier, reconstructs the process of political thinking in Greek culture that led to democracy. He demonstrates that the civic identity of the Athenians was a direct precondition for the practical reality of this form of government.Meier shows how the structure of Greek communal life gave individuals a civic role and discusses a crucial reform that institutionalized the idea of equality before the law. In Greek drama specifically Aeschylus' "Oresteia" he finds reflections of the ascendancy of civil law and of a politicizing of life in the city-state. He examines the role of the leader as well as citizen participation in Athenian democracy and describes an ancient equivalent of the idea of social progress. He also contrasts the fifth-century Greek political world with today's world, drawing revealing comparisons."The Greek Discovery of Politics" is important reading for ancient historians, classicists, political scientists, and anyone interested in the history of political thought or in the culture of ancient Greece."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674362321
(245mm x 166mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 23-Aug-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Christian Meier
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Political Art of Greek Tragedy, Hardback (July 1993)» View all books by Christian Meier
In this outstanding new book, Christian Meier examines the close relationship between drama and politics at the beginning of the great age of Greek tragedy, focusing on the works of Aeschylus. The author examines the political, social and even psychological problems of the inhabitants of fifth--century Athens, during a time of rapid change.
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Author Biography - Christian Meier
Christian Meier is Professor of Ancient History, Emeritus, at the University of Munich, and the author of several books, including Athens: A Portrait of the City in Its Golden Age and Caesar: A Biography.
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