"...I think this book shows that the ancient world presents particular challenges, and that its politics remain in need of sustained theoretical attention. The first section of the book -- distressingly, only two paragraphs long -- is called "Meaning in context: how to write a history of Greek political thought". I think it probably is better taken as a question: "How should we write a history of Greek political thought?" How immensely we will profit should Cartledge write a book that tries to answer it. --Brendan Boyle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, BMCR
Ancient Greece was a place of tremendous political experiment and innovation, and it was here too that the first serious political thinkers emerged. Using carefully-selected case-studies, This book investigates the dynamic interaction between ancient Greek political thought and practice from early historic times to the Roman Empire.