Civic obligation and individual liberty in ancient Athens

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - History - 443 pages
Peter Liddel offers a fresh approach to the old problem of the nature of individual liberty in ancient Athens. He draws extensively on oratorical and epigraphical evidence from the late fourth century BC to analyse the ways in which ideas about liberty were reconciled with ideas about obligation, and examines how this reconciliation was negotiated, performed, and presented in the Athenian law-courts, assembly, and through the inscriptional mode of publication. Using modern political theory as a springboard, Liddel argues that the ancient Athenians held liberty to consist of the substantial obligations (political, financial, and military) of citizenship.

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Contents

Rawls on Liberty Duty and Obligation
37
Ancient Texts and Ancient Contexts
72
The Negotiation of Obligations
109
Copyright

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Peter Liddel is Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester.

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