Friendship in the Classical World / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$34.78
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $29.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 21%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $29.00   
  • New (3) from $34.59   
  • Used (4) from $29.00   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...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

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521459983
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Key Themes in Ancient History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,155,185
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Archaic Greece 24
The world of Homer 24
Philos 28
Hetairos 31
Xenos 33
Eros 37
Therapon 40
Patroclus and Achilles 41
The world of Hesiod 42
Lyric poetry and the symposium 44
Sappho and women's friendships 47
Iambic and elegiac poetry 48
Theognis: friendship and class conflict 49
2 The classical city 53
The Greek word for "friend" 53
Helping friends 56
Friendship and politics 60
Aristotle on the kinds of philia 67
Aristotle on the grounds of friendship 72
Friends and finance 78
Allies and foreign friends 83
Public and private 87
Women as friends 90
Friendship in the polis 91
3 The Hellenistic world 93
Unequal friends 93
Friends at court 95
Friends and flatterers 98
Frankness and free speech 103
Friends and rulers 105
Philosophical friendship: Epicureanism 108
Friendship and Stoic perfection 113
Pythagoreanism and the cult of friendship 114
Parables of friendship 115
Friendship in the "Great World" 120
4 Rome 122
Roman friendship 122
Cicero and his friends 124
Friendship in politics 128
Cicero on friendship 130
Friends vs. country 131
Status and the question of patronage 135
The dinner-party scene 137
Great friends 140
Patrons and poets 143
Friendship between men and women 146
Friendship in imperial society 147
5 Christian and pagan 149
Self-disclosure and Christian friendship 149
Hypocrisy and friendship 153
Friendship vs. brotherly love 156
Friendship and virtue 158
Some Christian views 161
Gregory of Nazianzus on friendship 163
John Cassian and monastic friendship 165
Friendship with God 167
Friendship in late antiquity 170
Bibliographical essay 174
Bibliography 177
Index 199
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)