Antiquity and Modernity

Antiquity and Modernity

by Neville Morley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405131391
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Series: Classical Receptions Series , #2
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Neville Morley is Professor of Ancient Economic History and Historical Theory at the University of Bristol. Previous publications include Metropolis and Hinterland: The City of Rome and the Italian Economy (1996), Writing Ancient History (1999), Theories, Models and Concepts in Ancient History (2004), and Trade in Classical Antiquity (2007).

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Table of Contents


Note on References.

1. Untimely Knowledge.

2. The Great Transformation: ancient and modern economics.

3. Before Alienation: the classical critique of modernsociety.

4. An Aesthetic Education: the failings of modern culture.

5. History as Nightmare: conceptions of progress anddecline.

6. Allusion and Appropriation: the rhetorical uses ofantiquity.

Bibliography of Sources.


Index of Persons.

Index of Subjects

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"Morley's wide-ranging and ambitious study subjects the mythologyof 'modernity' to an incisive critique. This provocative andoriginal book asserts the persistent significance of concepts ofantiquity in underpinning the most quintessentially andself-consciously 'modern' disciplines of economics andsociology."
Catharine Edwards, Birkbeck College

"Morley's study opens a fascinating window onto the history ofthe shifting ideas of antiquity and the correlative sciences ofmodernity – onto the ever-changing and still ongoing dilemmaof their mutual dependency. Probing the uncertain 'logic ofmodernity,' Morley obliges us to ask whether, if we have never beenmodern, was antiquity ever ancient? This is a much-neededreassessment of the classical European traditions of economic,sociological, and political theory."
James I. Porter, University of Michigan

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