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The Graeco-Roman world

Vic George

in Major thinkers in welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427069
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.003.0002
The Graeco-Roman world

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This chapter begins by examining the period from the defeat of Athens and the ascendancy of the empire of Alexander the Great, until the supremacy of the Roman Empire. It was during this period when several ideologies of welfare emerged: cynicism, scepticism, Epicureanism, and stoicism. The chapter is primarily concerned with the last two, since they had something special to say about welfare. Epicureanism was the first major ideology that put forward taxonomy of needs for welfare, while Stoicism became the dominant ideology of imperial Rome.

Keywords: ideology of welfare; cynicism; skepticism; Epicureanism; stoicism; taxonomy of needs; imperial Rome; dominant ideology

Chapter.  9145 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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