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Aristotle: The Politics and the Constitution of Athens (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Paperback – October 13, 1996

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ISBN-13: 978-0521484008 ISBN-10: 0521484006 Edition: Rev Stu

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description

This new collection of Aristotle's political writings provides the student with the necessary materials for understanding his work as a political scientist. In addition to a revised introduction, this expanded edition contains an extensive guide to further reading and an index of names with biographical notes.
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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Rev Stu edition (October 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521484006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521484008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Taylor on June 17, 2000
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The Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle possessed one of the most remarkable intellects of all time. He contributed to the body of knowledge in areas as diverse as logic and biology, ethics and physics, psychology and politics. Although his work 'The Politics' has been widely published, few versions have been as effective as this in placing his political commentary into the conext of his time. Certainly this contextualisation is this edition's greatest strength, and the feature which most clearly sets it apart from most other currently available translations.
'The Politics' remains an essential feature in the literature of politics and philosophy. Whether the reader is a first year political science student or a senior lecturer seeking to replace that well-worn second (or third) copy of an earlier edition, the particular book will be the ideal choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on May 26, 2013
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As far as I can tell, this is a now outdated translation, with often awkward or archaic diction. I think part of the problem is that the translation is essentially Jowett's (so old it is now available in the public domain), but was reprinted for the series. It's not all turn of the century English; there are some brighter moments, but you had best look elsewhere for a more modern translation.
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An Amazon robot popped up with a new one: How is the author's writing? Well, that's a question that must be answered in context, so I'll answer it here rather than by a pull-down scoreboard.:
It's generally accepted that Aristotle has come down to us as lecture notes rather than finished discourses (such as Plato's). The Politics (drawn from the Nicomachean Ethics) is such a text. Undistinguished in the Greek. The Constitution of Athens appears to have a different descent; there is some speculation that it is the work of someone other than Aristotle. Also undistinguished. Both English texts are the work of Benjamin Jowett, a long-dead Englishman remembered chiefly for the virtuoso achievement of making Plato's beautiful and lucid Greek ugly and scarcely intelligible. So here we have a stumbling ugly translation. No one made an effort to come up with another one.

There are no footnotes. Both texts are hard to appreciate for anyone who doesn't already have a profound knowledge of 5th and 4th C Athens and other places in Greece.

The intro, presumably by Stephen Everson, is OK, but not more so than many other essays on these texts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Knapke on August 20, 2012
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These Cambridge editions are, in many cases, the defacto definitive editions, and this is no exception. As far as the text itself...what can I say that hasn't been said before? It's Aristotle for goodness sake! There is a reason he was referred to simply as "the Philosophe"r throughout the Middle Ages.

This text, however, is not a speculative philosophical work. This is an examination of the Athenian constitution and its developmental history. It should not be surprising that as one reads this, you constantly find yourself marveling as how relevant it is as a lens though which to view political-cultural institutions of any age. And as classical Athens is credited with being among the first democracies, and the US is often credited with being among the most successful or dynamic democracies, this text is particularly insightful for any student of the American experience.
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Constitution and politics of Athens. Very basic, everything is included. Great resource for policies on Athens. No thorough explanations but definitive concrete policies.
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