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Johann P. Arnason is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne and visiting professor at the Charles University in Prague. His previous works include Domains and Divisions of European History (with N. Doyle, 2010), The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (with K. Raaflaub, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and Nordic Paths to Modernity (with B. Wittrock, 2012).
Kurt A. Raaflaub is the David Herlihy University Professor and Professor of Classics and History Emeritus at Brown University. His previous works include Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies (with R. J. A. Talbert, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Epic and History (with D. Konstan, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (with J. Arnason, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
Peter Wagner is ICREA Research Professor of Sociological Theory, Philosophy of Law, and Methodology of the Social Sciences, at the University of Barcelona. His previous works include Theorizing Modernity: Inescapability and Attainability in Social Theory (2001), Modernity as Experience and Interpretation (2008), and Modernity: Understanding the Present (2012).
Table of Contents
Series Editor’s Preface
Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Johann P. Arnason, Kurt A. Raaflaub, and Peter Wagner
Part I: The Greek Experience in Long-term Perspective
Exploring the Greek Needle's Eye: Civilizational and Political Transformations
Johann P. Arnason
Transformations of Democracy: Towards a History of Political Thought and Practice in Long-term Perspective
Part II: Ways of Polis-making: Grasping the Novelty of the Political
To Act with Good Advice: Greek Tragedy and the Democratic Political Sphere
Democracy and Dissent: The Case of Comedy
Democracy, Oratory, and the Rise of Historiography in Fifth-century Greece
Political Uses of Rhetoric in Democratic Athens
Law and Democracy in Classical Athens
Democracy and Political Philosophy: Influences, Tensions, Rapprochement
Inscriptions and the City in Democratic Athens
Part III: Changing a Way of Life: Democracy’s Impact on polis-Society
The Impact of Democracy on Communal Life
The Participation of the demos in Decision-Making: Principles and Reality
Democracy and Religion in Classical Greece
Democracy and War
Lawrence A. Tritle
Part IV: Political Concepts and Commitments
Perfecting the Political Creature (z?ion politikon): Equality and “the Political” in the Evolution of Greek Democracy
Kurt A. Raaflaub
Tyranny and Tragedy in Nietzsche’s Understanding of the Greek polis
The Liberty of the Moderns Compared to the Liberty of the Ancients
Nathalie Karagiannis and Peter Wagner