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Overview

Saving the City provides a detailed analysis of the attempts of ancient writers and thinkers, from Homer to Cicero, to construct and recommend political ideals of statesmanship and ruling, of the political community and of how it should be founded in justice. Malcolm Schofield debates to what extent the Greeks and Romans deal with the same issues as modern political thinkers.

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Engages with some of the major questions that the ancient Greeks and Romans wrestled with, questions surrounding qualities of a good statesman, workings of political communities, and justice. Examines theories such as the notion of the good king in Homer and Plato, and ideas about what bonds society together, and asks whether there was a dominant preoccupation with rights in ancient social and political thought. Offers fresh resolutions of disputed issues in texts such as the , and new explorations of some less familiar material, notably Plato's and Cicero's . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415184670
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/3/1998
  • Series: Issues in Ancient Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Schofield has taught at Cambridge for over 25 years, where he is a Fellow of St John's College and Reader in Ancient Philosophy. He is best known for his co-authorship of the second edition of The Presocratic Philosophers (1983). His publications on ancient political thought include The Stoic Idea of the City (1991).
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Table of Contents

Preface
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Introduction 1
1 Euboulia in the Iliad 3
2 The disappearing philosopher-king 31
3 Zeno of Citium's anti-utopianism 51
4 Plato on the economy 69
5 Political friendship and the ideology of reciprocity 82
6 Equality and hierarchy in Aristotle's political thought 100
7 Ideology and philosophy in Aristotle's theory of slavery 115
8 Sharing in the constitution 141
9 Morality and the law: the case of Diogenes of Babylon 160
10 Cicero's definition of res publica 178
Notes 195
Bibliography 230
Index 239
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