In these interconnected essays the late Geoffrey de Ste. Croix defends the institutions of the Athenian democracy, showing that they were much more practical, rational, and impartial than has usually been acknowledged. A major essay provides a new view of Aristotle's use of sources in The Constitution of the Athenians, on which so much of our knowledge of Athenian constitutional history depends. Ste. Croix also argues that commercial factors had much less influence on Greek politics than modern scholars tend to assume, and that there was no such thing in any Greek state as a `commercial aristocracy'. As always, he works out these general positions with the utmost lucidity and pungency, and in meticulous detail. Though written in the 1960s, these hitherto unpublished essays by a great radical historian will still constitute a major contribution to contemporary debate. The editors and other specialists have supplied an updating Afterword to each chapter, and the book contains a thorough index.
`Ste. Croix books and articles are required reading for any student of antiquity seeking to gain a proper understanding of the social roots of Greek political practice. . . . . . the essays. . . . sensitively edited and annotated by David Harvey and by de Ste Croix' Oxford colleague, Robert Parker. . . . .helpful bibliographic addenda. . . .the new book offersa good insight into Ste Croix' thought process. . . . the scholarship is fine and detailed and the argument close and often very convincing. In some cases these pieces are as good as anything available in print on specific points of Greek history. . . .fully accessibletothe Greek-less reader. . . it will present new insights...even to those who know the argument well... well produced book' Josiah Ober, Princeton University, Polis vol.22
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 25th April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.7 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.63