How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders


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ISBN-13: 9780691156576
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Series: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 816,918
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Philip Freeman is the editor and translator of How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians (Princeton) and the author of Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar (all Simon & Schuster). He received his PhD from Harvard University and holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

How to Run a Country 1

  • Natural Law 1
  • Balance of Power 4
  • Leadership 6
  • Friends and Enemies 16
  • Persuasion 24
  • Compromise 30
  • Money and Power 36
  • Immigration 43
  • War 46
  • Corruption 49
  • Tyranny 56
  • Cicero's Epilogue: The Fallen State 66

Latin Texts 68

Passages Translated 115

Glossary 121

Further Reading 131

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