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    Approaching the Hellenistic polis through modern political theory: the public sphere, pluralism and prosperity

    Gray, Benjamin (2018) Approaching the Hellenistic polis through modern political theory: the public sphere, pluralism and prosperity. In: Canevaro, M. and Erskine, A. and Gray, Benjamin and Ober, J. (eds.) Ancient Greek History and Contemporary Social Science. Edinburgh Leventis Studies. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 66-97. ISBN 9781474421775.

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    Book snopsis: There is a long history of successful engagement between social science and classical studies. Social science has been a source of new and productive approaches to understanding ancient Greece, while classical Greek history and culture has been a touchstone for social theorists since the 19th century. This new collection of essays surveys the current state of the new field of ‘social science Greek history’ and demonstrates the potential of this interdisciplinary field. Substantial bodies of work that have contributed in fundamental ways to our understanding of classical Greece and its cultural legacy were produced in 20th century, by employing methods from anthropology, sociology, and psychology. More recently, the use of quantitative methods and formal theory, drawn from contemporary political science, economics, and sociology, has led to a new understanding of ancient Greek economic and political development. Meanwhile, normative considerations, drawn from contemporary political philosophy, have led to a richer understanding of Greek political thought and Greek institutional innovations – notably including democracy and the rule of law.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Benjamin Gray
    Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 11:02
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:53


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