Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire

Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire

by Ann Ward
     
 

In Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire, Ann Ward treats the classical writer not as a historian but as a political philosopher. Ward uses close textual analysis to demonstrate that Herodotus investigates recurring themes in the most important forms of government in the ancient world. This analysis of The Histories concludes with reflections on the

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In Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire, Ann Ward treats the classical writer not as a historian but as a political philosopher. Ward uses close textual analysis to demonstrate that Herodotus investigates recurring themes in the most important forms of government in the ancient world. This analysis of The Histories concludes with reflections on the problems of empire, not only for the Persians and the striving Athenians, but for our own government as well. To this end, Ward contrasts Herodotus on empire with the assumptions underlying speeches and writings of Paul Wolfowitz, Colin L. Powell, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and Robert W. Merry.

Baylor University Press

Editorial Reviews

The Review of Politics - Elliot Bartky

Ann Ward’s Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire stands out as perhaps the most ambitious of recent works on Herodotus.

From the Publisher

This rich and comprehensive analysis beautifully captures the political urgency of Herodotus' insights

-Norma Thompson, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the Humanities, Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602580077
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
07/15/2008
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Thomas L. Pangle

This original study makes the provocative case that Herodotus, to an even greater degree than Thucydides, illuminates the permanent grounds of democracy’s greatest spiritual strengths and most dangerous imperial temptations. Herodotus is shown to be not merely the proverbial father of history but, what is more, the fertile father of democratic theory, especially in its international dimensions.

Norma Thompson

This rich and comprehensive analysis beautifully captures the political urgency of Herodotus' insights.

Janet Coleman

This is a lucid, learned and creative reading of Herodotus’ comparative analyses of Egyptian, Scythian, Persian, and Spartan regimes. This book will inspire not only a return to Herodotus’ text, but also a reflection on contemporary American debates on ‘human imperialism’ and pragmatic security.

Meet the Author

Ann Ward (Ph.D. Fordham University) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics-Political Studies, Campion College, University of Regina.

Baylor University Press

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