The School of History: Athens in the Age of Socrates Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0520236851
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"Munn's book is a substantial contribution to the literature on the political world of the late fifth century. His sense of the continuities and dissonances between the traditional elite political culture and the exigencies created by democratic imperialism is a particularly valuable theme, and the collation of primary and secondary sources for a whole series of complex events spanning more than two decades will make the book useful to many."--Robert Vaca, "The Review of Politics"

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"This is perhaps the fullest and most detailed cultural and intellectual history of the Athenian democracy that I have seen, dense with profound, comprehensive, and original insights. It is not an uncritical hymn of praise but an informative, intelligent, and well-balanced critical account, readable and accessible to both professional scholars and interested laypersons."—Martin Ostwald, author ofFrom Popular Sovereignty to the Sovereignty of Law

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  • File Size: 6456 KB
  • Print Length: 537 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2000)
  • Publication Date: June 8, 2000
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003RIU458
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By John Russon on November 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Athens was a democracy (roughly in the sense of being a political community in which participation in political and military practice was open to the poor general populace) for about a century. In that century, that city produced many of the most impressive artistic and cultural products of our society--the tradedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles, the history of Herodotus, etc., etc.--and also developed a rich empire around the Aegean Sea. For the last third of a that time, Athens was in on-and-off war with Sparta and through this war the democracy was ultimately lost, and was replaced by an oppressive oligarchy. The democracy was subsequently restored, without the accompanying empire. Mark Munn's book is a masterful historical study of this period of war with Sparta, which offers a compelling interpretation of the period as a whole while revising our understanding of a number of important historical questions. Munn's analysis of the importance of Persian influence in the war and his interpretation of the role of Alcibiades are both provocative and original. His most original contributions, though, pertain to the theme of writing--specifically, the crucial role of the _nomothetai_ in interpreting and writing down the Athenian laws, and the particular light this larger Athenian project of establishing accurate and authoritative legal writings has for the interpretation of Thucydides' writing of his history of the Peloponnesian War. Munn shows the project of establishing authoritative written laws to be interwoven with the conflicting agendas within the differing oligarchic communities within Athens, and especially shows the political importance of the growing sense of historical accuracy that accompanies this.Read more ›
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