Politics Ancient and Modern
By (author) Pierre Vidal-Naquet
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Politics Ancient and Modern by Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Book DescriptionWritten by one of the leading ancient historians in the world today, this book re-examines the nature of Greek politics and democracy and explores the ways in which they have been perceived since the Renaissance.In a wide-ranging discussion, Vidal-Naquet shows how the nature of political life in Ancient Greece has been interpreted and re-interpreted throughout the centuries, from the first critics of Greek democracy, through the rediscovery of democratic values in the eighteenth century, to the writings of Marx and Renan. He analyzes the distance separating the moderns from the ancients, and argues that people in the eighteenth century were divided over whether to support Sparta or Athens, virtuous austerity or slightly degenerate luxury.He discusses how certain myths, originating in Ancient Greece, were transformed by succeeding generations. Focusing on the myth of Atlantis, he argues that, in the course of three centuries, it has been used to promote various forms of modern nationalism, despite the fact that Plato originally invented it for pedagogical and philosophical purposes. Politics Ancient and Modern will be welcomed by students and researchers in Ancient history, Classics, and the history of political thought.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745610801
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Masters of Truth in Archaic Greece, Paperback (December 1999)
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Jews, Paperback (March 1998)
These essays treat a range of issues from the ancient Jewish revolt against Roman rule and the much-mythologized martyrdom at Masada, the French Revolution, and Marxism's difficulties with "the Jewish question," to Nazi genocide and the deep problems of representing it.
Cleisthenes the Athenian, Paperback (June 1997)» View all books by Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Presents a study of the reforms in Athens in 507/506 bce that led to the birth of democracy. Focusing on the creation of a secular civic space and time, this book has influenced a generation of scholars in anthropology, sociology, urban planning, political science, philosophy, and classical studies.
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Author Biography - Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Pierre Vidal-Naquet teaches Ancient History at the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes in Paris.
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