Evil Lords uses the prism of bad rule or tyranny to enhance our undestranding of political discourse from the ancient world to the renaissance, offering insights into pre-modern conceptions of sovereignty, as well as into the relation between ethics and politics, the individual and society, and power and propaganda. The volume brings together case studies from 12 top scholars, each examining various aspects of Hebrew, Graeco-Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and Renaissance conceptions and representations of tyrannical government. The book's chapters also examine notions of bad rule within the ideological frameworks and societal patterns of the respective periods, thus painting a picture of historical and intellectual change. This chronological and geographical span creates a narrative of the Western tradition on tyranny from its ancient roots up to its radical revision at the brink of modernity. Tracing this current, the book also shows how tributary developments indigenous to Republican Rome, the Germanic North, and Byzantium fed, and altered, the course of tyranny.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 502 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 24 mm
"Up until the sixteenth century political theory held that virtue was the foundational principle of government, and the idea of the bad ruler was used to show, by means of a contrast, what constituted legitimate or acceptable behaviour. Evil Lords covers new ground in illuminating that early western tradition of bad rule through studies ranging from Greek historical accounts and the Bible up to Renaissance texts." --Miriam T. Griffin, Emeritus Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford University
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