Love of Glory and the Common Good: Aspects of the Political Thought of Thucydides

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1992 - Political Science - 152 pages
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More clearly than any previous work on the subject, Michael Palmer's Love of Glory and the Common Good defines the relationship between Periclean democracy and the decline in Athenian political life that followed the death of Pericles. The author elaborates upon the views of Thucydides, who saw the subsequent tyrannical rule of Alcibiades and the accompanying disintegration of Athenian political life as a logical consequence of the defects in the speeches and deeds that Pericles used to inspire the Athenian people. With careful attention to details in the order and structure of Thucydides' narrative, Palmer shows this historian as a political thinker of the first rank who deserves the same careful study accorded to Plato and Aristotle.
  

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Contents

Thucydides Political Philosopher?
1
Pericles and Athenian Democracy
15
The Tyrant City of Greece
43
Alcibiades and Athenian Tyranny
79
Conclusion
111
Notes
123
Bibliography
143
Index
149
About the Author
153
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About the author (1992)

Michael Palmer is associate professor political science at the University of Maine. His writings in traditional political theory have appeared in many publications, including Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, The Review of Politics and American Political Science Review.

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