Citizen and Self in Ancient Greece: Individuals Performing Justice and the Law by Vincent FarengaCitizen and Self in Ancient Greece: Individuals Performing Justice and the Law by Vincent Farenga

Citizen and Self in Ancient Greece: Individuals Performing Justice and the Law

byVincent Farenga

Hardcover | May 29, 2006

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Combining contemporary political philosophy with historical, literary, and philosophical texts, this study examines a series of remarkable individuals who promoted justice in early Iron Age, archaic, and classical Greece. From the earlier periods, Homer's Achilles and Odysseus were represented as heroic individuals who are also prototypical citizens, and Solon the lawgiver, wrote the scripts of statute law and the jury trial. The book's focus later turns to dialogues between a citizen's moral autonomy and political obligation in democratic Athens.
Vincent Farenga is associate professor of classics and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. He has contributed to Arethusa, Helios, and Modern Language Notes.
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Title:Citizen and Self in Ancient Greece: Individuals Performing Justice and the LawFormat:HardcoverDimensions:602 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.77 inPublished:May 29, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521845599

ISBN - 13:9780521845595

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Justice to the dead: prototypes of the citizen and self in Early Greece; 2. Performing justice in Early Greece: dispute settlement in the Iliad; 3. Self-transformation and the therapy of justice in the Odyssey; 4. Performing the law: the lawgiver, statute law and the jury trial; 5. Citizenship by degrees: Ephebes and Demagogues in Democratic Athens, 465-460; 6. The naturalization of citizen and self in democratic Athens, c. 450-411; 7. Democracy's narcissistic citizens: Alcibiades and Socrates; Conclusion; Reference list.

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"...the book's 592 pages fairly bristle with ideas and insights that should excite and intrigue anyone with a serious interest in classical and preclassical Greek antiquity." --Phoenix