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Cambridge Classical Studies: Interstate Relations in Classical Greece: Morality and Power (Paperback)
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Cambridge Classical Studies: Interstate Relations in Classical Greece: Morality and Power (Paperback)

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Paperback 324 Pages / Published: 03/12/2009
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In this book Dr Low explores the assumptions and principles which determined the conduct and representation of interstate politics in Greece during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. She employs a wide range of ancient evidence, both epigraphic and literary, as well as some contemporary theoretical approaches from the field of International Relations. Taking a thematic rather than a chronological approach, she addresses topics such as the nature of interstate society in the Greek world; the sources, scope and enforcement of 'international law'; the nature of interstate ethics and morality; interventionism and imperialism; and the question of change and stability. She argues that classical Greece's reputation for unrestrained and unsophisticated diplomacy is undeserved, and shows that relations between Greek city-states were shaped by and judged according to a complex network of customs, beliefs and expectations which pervaded all areas of interstate behaviour.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521124287
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'Polly Low's theoretically-informed study of interstate relations in ancient Greece is ... a welcome addition to an emerging dialogue between ancient historians and political scientists.' Scholia Reviews
"Low's book achieves some considerable success in challenging the narrow focus on Thucydides alone." -Sheila L. Ager, New England Classical Journal
"Interstate Relations in Classical Greece tackles an important topic and offers a genuinely new perspective on some longstanding problems...L[ow] offers a subtle analysis of Greek international law and practice, and succeeds in her aim to move the debate beyond the most visible structures of interstate interaction to elucidate the norms and beliefs by which Greek international life was conducted." -Sian Lewis, University of St Andrews, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Not since the publication of Frank Adcock and D. J. Mosley's Diplomacy in Ancient Greece (1975) has an English-language book attempted to survey the international relations of classical Greece. Polly Low's book is a significant advance over Adcock and Mosley, her analysis deeper and more thought-provoking." -Sarah Bolmarcich, University of Texas at Austin, The International History Review

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