Friendship in the Classical World (Key Themes in Ancient History) First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521459983
ISBN-10: 0521459982
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"...this is a valuable study of interest to such diverse groups as the ancient historian, the moral theologian or the philosopher with an interest in the virtues." Alicia Batten, Toronto Journal of Theology

"Konstan's account will serve well anyone who wants to learn more about the classical thinkers who gave us our language and our understanding of friendship, or who wants to contemplate what we have made of that inheritance." Gilbert Meilaender, First Things

Book Description

This book is a history of friendship in Greece and Rome, from the warrior society of the Homeric epics to the time of the Christian Roman Empire. It demonstrates how ancient friendship resembles modern conceptions, and how it evolves in different social contexts. The book sheds new light on such questions as friendship and democracy, the importance of friends in government and in philosophic communities, women's friendships, and the transformation of friendship under the influence of Christian ideas of brotherhood.

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Product Details

  • Series: Key Themes in Ancient History
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (February 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521459982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521459983
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Parisi on January 3, 2007
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The title of this review says it all. The only thing to add is that Konstan's writing is orderly and easy to follow, in spite of the difficulty of the topic.
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