The Household as the Foundation of Aristotle's Polis

The Household as the Foundation of Aristotle's Polis

by D. Brendan Nagle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521849349

ISBN-13: 9780521849340

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Among ancient writers Aristotle offers the most profound analysis of the ancient Greek household and its relationship to the state. The household was not the family in the modern sense of the term, but a much more powerful entity with significant economic, political, social, and educational resources. The success of the polis in all its forms lay in the reliability

Overview

Among ancient writers Aristotle offers the most profound analysis of the ancient Greek household and its relationship to the state. The household was not the family in the modern sense of the term, but a much more powerful entity with significant economic, political, social, and educational resources. The success of the polis in all its forms lay in the reliability of households to provide it with the kinds of citizens it needed to ensure its functioning. In turn, the state offered the members of its households a unique opportunity for humans to flourish. This 2006 book explains how Aristotle thought household and state interacted within the polis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521849340
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Ancient and modern household; 2. The polis as community and polity; 3. Polis households: possessions; 4. Polis households: labor needs of the oikos; 5. Non-polis households; 6. The perfection of the household; 7. Philia as bond between oikos and polis; 8. Plato's Paideai; 9. Aristotle's Paideia.

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