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The Political Theory of Classical Greece

Jill Frank

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548439.003.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Political Theory of Classical Greece

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This article explores the conception of political theory in classical Greece. It discusses the works of classical political theorists Homer, Plato, and Aristotle and suggests that their works provide the best answers to the fundamental questions of politics. Modern and contemporary political theorists, like the Greeks, are also concerned with the possibilities, responsibilities, and the limitations of a political life. However, while modern theorists orient their analyses of the political to one particular axis of inquiry, the Greeks theorized politics by drawing all of these axes together.

Keywords: political theory; classical Greece; Homer; Plato; Aristotle; political life

Article.  6811 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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