BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Scepticism about community: Polybius on Peloponnesian exiles, good faith (pistis) and the Achaian League

    Gray, Benjamin (2013) Scepticism about community: Polybius on Peloponnesian exiles, good faith (pistis) and the Achaian League. Historia 62 (3), pp. 323-360. ISSN 0018-2311.

    [img] Text
    GrayPolybiusExilesFinal.pdf - Author's Accepted Manuscript
    Restricted to Repository staff only

    Download (478kB)
    [img]
    Preview
    Text
    GrayPolybiusHistoria2013.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (343kB) | Preview

    Abstract

    This article examines the ethical foundations of Polybius' political thought, taking as a case study Polybius' ideological representations of groups of Peloponnesian exiles. It argues that relevant passages belong to a wider Greek tradition of paradigmatic representations of exile groups. When considered alongside that tradition and the rest of Polybius' work, these passages show Polybius to be self-consciously sceptical of traditional Greek community-oriented ethical and political notions. They show him to be offering an alternative, less idealistic 'limited' conception of good political organisation, which gives special weight to punctilious respect for law, contracts, procedures, fair play and strict reciprocity.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Benjamin Gray
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2020 10:43
    Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 06:05
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41586

    Statistics

    Downloads
    Activity Overview
    18Downloads
    40Hits

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item