9780521835510

War, Peace, and Alliance in Demosthenes' Athens

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    9780521835510

  • ISBN10:

    0521835518

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-08
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Every Athenian alliance, every declaration of war, and every peace treaty was instituted by a decision of the assembly, where citizens voted after listening to speeches that presented varied and often opposing arguments about the best course of action. The fifteen preserved assembly speeches of the mid-fourth century BC thus provide an unparalleled body of evidence for the way that Athenians thought and felt about interstate relations: to understand this body of oratory is to understand how the Athenians of that period made decisions about war and peace. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of this subject. It deploys insights from a range of fields, from anthropology to international relations theory, in order not only to describe Athenian thinking, but also to explain it. Athenian thinking turns out to have been complex, sophisticated, and surprisingly familiar both in its virtues and its flaws.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviations, translations, and inscriptionsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Economicsp. 27
Militarismp. 51
The unequal treatment of statesp. 72
Household metaphorsp. 108
Defense and attackp. 134
Calculations of interestp. 154
Reciprocityp. 185
Legalismp. 215
Peacep. 237
Conclusionp. 265
Speeches and textsp. 270
Plato and Aristotle on the causes of warp. 276
Claims of servicep. 279
Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 309
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