Republics Ancient and Modern, Volume 2

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UNC Press Books, 1994 - History - 404 pages
An assessment of the ancient Greek city and its subsequent influence. A masterwork of political theory and comparative politics for the classroom.



"In a series of sketches touching on everything from the lust for honor to the suspicion of commerce and philosophy, from the role of homoerotic bonds in maintaining military formations to the distrust of technological innovation, Rahe brilliantly reminds us how utterly committed the Greeks were to a politics in which the distribution of honors, education and culture in all their forms, and economic activity were all designed to preserve civic solidarity.--Jack N. Rakove, American Historical Review



"[An] extraordinary book. . . . It is a great achievement and will stay as a landmark.--Patrick Leigh Fermor, The Spectator (London)



"A work of magisterial erudition.--Journal of American History

 

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Contents

Preface
ix
Acknowledgments
xi
Introduction
xvii
An Ancient Science of Politics
3
The Primacy of Politics in Classical Greece
14
Opinions Passions and Interests
41
The Political Economy of Hellas
66
Paideia The Preparation for Battle
91
The Spartan Regimen
122
The Structure of Politics in Classical Sparta
149
Athens Illiberal Democracy
172
Fides Quaerens Intellectum
205
Notes
217
Index
349
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Paul A. Rahe is professor of history at the University of Tulsa.

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