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The Household as the Foundation of Aristotle's Polis (Hardback)
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The Household as the Foundation of Aristotle's Polis (Hardback)

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Hardback 366 Pages / Published: 13/03/2006
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Among ancient writers Aristotle offers the most profound analysis of the ancient Greek household and its relationship to the state. The household was not the family in the modern sense of the term, but a much more powerful entity with significant economic, political, social, and educational resources. The success of the polis in all its forms lay in the reliability of households to provide it with the kinds of citizens it needed to ensure its functioning. In turn, the state offered the members of its households a unique opportunity for humans to flourish. This 2006 book explains how Aristotle thought household and state interacted within the polis.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521849340
Number of pages: 366
Weight: 710 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: ' ... an invaluable compendium of information from multiple sources that will deepen any reader's understanding of the material conditions of the ancient household ...' BMCR
Review of the hardback: 'The work will be of great interest to those seeking an economic and cultural background to Aristotle's political theory and will provide scholars with a greater sensitivity to the practicalities of ancient economic and civic life ... In sum, this book is an invaluable compendium of information from multiple sources that will deepen any reader's understanding of the material conditions of the ancient household and the nature of the local and city-wide institutions that inculcated the values of the community.' Cathal Woods, Virginia Wesleyan College
Review of the hardback: '... the book complements nicely those treatments that focus on the theoretical background, by focusing on the historical context of Aristotle's political theory, and would therefore be of value to classicists as well as political theorists.' Journal of Hellenic Studies
'...this book is an invaluable compedium of information from multiple sources that will deepen any reader's understanding of the material conditions of the ancient household and the nature of the local and city-wide institutions that inculcated the values of the community." Cathal Woods, Virginia Wesleyan College, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
'I recommend Nagle's account of the demographics of the polis and the household to anyone with an interest in political theory of the period." -Don Carmichael, University of Alberta, Canadian Journal of Political Science

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