The Composition of Aristotles Athenaion Politeia: Observation and Explanation

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJohn J. Keaney

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Discovered one hundred years ago, Aristotle's Athenaion Politeia is invaluable to contemporary understanding of Athenian democracy. As a historical record, however, it has been found to be so unreliable that some have questioned its true authorship, and it has remained largely ignored by thosestudying philosophy and literature. Keaney uses a literary approach to reassert Aristotle's authorship and to present the Athenaion Politeia as a document that defies the constraints of any particular genre--probably never intended to be a piece of historical writing. He goes beyond the traditionalapproach of historical analysis to consider the work as characteristic of a new and innovative genre created by Aristotle, that of empirically-based cultural history.

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Discovered one hundred years ago, Aristotle's Athenaion Politeia is invaluable to contemporary understanding of Athenian democracy. As a historical record, however, it has been found to be so unreliable that some have questioned its true authorship, and it has remained largely ignored by thosestudying philosophy and literature. Keaney ...

John J. Keaney is at Princeton University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"...everyone who wants to see below the surface of the text of the AP will have this book, the fruit of many years of original and intensive reading, alongside the Greek text."--Gnomon