This wide-ranging history of ancient Greek political thought shows what ancient political texts might mean to citizens of the twenty-first century. It examines an array of poetic, historical, and philosophical texts in an effort to locate Greek political thought in its cultural context; and, pays careful attention to the distinctively ancient connections between politics and ethics. The book is structured around key themes such as the origins of political thought, political self-definition, revolutions in political thought, democracy and imperialism.
Ryan K. Balot is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. The author of Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens (2001) and Greek Political Thought (Blackwell, 2006), he specializes in the history of political thought.