Civic Obligation and Individual Liberty in Ancient Athens

Hardcover | October 11, 2007

byPeter Liddel

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Peter Liddel offers a fresh approach to the old problem of the nature of individual liberty in ancient Athens. He draws extensively on oratorical and epigraphical evidence from the late fourth century BC to analyse the ways in which ideas about liberty were reconciled with ideas aboutobligation, and examines how this reconciliation was negotiated, performed, and presented in the Athenian law-courts, assembly, and through the inscriptional mode of publication. Using modern political theory as a springboard, Liddel argues that the ancient Athenians held liberty to consist of thesubstantial obligations (political, financial, and military) of citizenship.

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Peter Liddel offers a fresh approach to the old problem of the nature of individual liberty in ancient Athens. He draws extensively on oratorical and epigraphical evidence from the late fourth century BC to analyse the ways in which ideas about liberty were reconciled with ideas aboutobligation, and examines how this reconciliation was...

Peter Liddel is Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:450 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:October 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019922658X

ISBN - 13:9780199226580

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Liberty, duty, and obligation in the work of John Rawls3. Ancient texts and ancient contexts4. The negotiation of obligations5. The performance and presentation of obligations6. Conclusions