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The Hellenistic Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought
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The Hellenistic Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought

Mirko Canevaro and Benjamin Gray

Abstract

In the Hellenistic period, Greek teachers, philosophers, historians, orators, and politicians found an essential point of reference in the democracy of Classical Athens, and the political thought which it produced. This volume brings together historical, philosophical, and literary approaches to consider varied responses to, and adaptations of, the Classical Athenian political legacy across different Hellenistic contexts and genres. The volume examines the complex processes through which Athenian democratic ideals of equality, freedom, and civic virtue were emphasized, challenged, blunted, or ... More

Keywords: Democracy, polis, political thought, Hellenistic, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198748472
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198748472.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mirko Canevaro, editor
Reader in Greek History, University of Edinburgh

Benjamin Gray, editor
Chancellor's Fellow in Classics, University of Edinburgh

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1 Introduction

Mirko Canevaro and Benjamin Gray

Part I Early Hellenistic Responses to Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought

2 Stairway to Heaven

Nino Luraghi

Part II Later Hellenistic and Early Imperial Developments in the Reception of Classical Athenian Politics

10 Getting Over Athens

Nicolas Wiater

12 The Orator in the Theatre

Raphaëla Dubreuil