Ethics in Thucydides: The Ancient Simplicity

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Ethics in Thucydides uses the historian's account of the resolution at Corcyra as the basis for determining a moral or ethical perspective in Thucydides'History. Various scenes, speeches, and narrative descriptions are analyzed in relation to ethical vocabulary, their conformity to an ethical perspective, and the way in which they promote an ethical outcome. Ethics in Thucydides is ground-breaking because up to this point, scholars have not persuasively argued that ethics played a role in History. Williams' work ...

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Overview

Ethics in Thucydides uses the historian's account of the resolution at Corcyra as the basis for determining a moral or ethical perspective in Thucydides'History. Various scenes, speeches, and narrative descriptions are analyzed in relation to ethical vocabulary, their conformity to an ethical perspective, and the way in which they promote an ethical outcome. Ethics in Thucydides is ground-breaking because up to this point, scholars have not persuasively argued that ethics played a role in History. Williams' work is an extensive analysis which also considers Thucydides in relation to his predecessors and contemporaries.

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Editorial Reviews

International Studies in Philosophy
Williams's work is thorough, attentive to detail, careful, and thoughtful...Williams's treatment is scholarly, judcious, and her arguments and conclusions are well presented.
— Michael C. Mittlestadt
International Studies in Philosophy - Michael C. Mittlestadt
Williams's work is thorough, attentive to detail, careful, and thoughtful...Williams's treatment is scholarly, judcious, and her arguments and conclusions are well presented.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761810568
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/7/1998
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Frances Williams has taught at the University of Manitoba, Ball State University, and Skyline College.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Thucydides' Definition of Character: The Revolution at Corcyra 17
Ch. 2 Virtue in Greek Ethical Thought 47
Ch. 3 The Unity of the Virtues in Book 1 77
Ch. 4 Individuals and States in Book 2 115
Ch. 5 Allies and Alliances in Book 3 147
Ch. 6 The Interrelation between Speech and Narrative: How Argument Leads to Action in Book 4 171
Ch. 7 The Melian Dialogue 195
Ch. 8 The Sicilian Expedition 207
Ch. 9 The Character of Nicias and Alcibiades 227
Ch. 10 Conduct of the Sicilian Expedition: Narrative Passages in Books 6 and 7 251
Ch. 11 Book 8 273
Ch. 12 Thucydides Himself 295
Conclusion 303
Bibliography 311
Index 325
Index of Passages Cited 333
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