Political Interpretations in Greek Literature

Political Interpretations in Greek Literature

Political Interpretations in Greek Literature

Political Interpretations in Greek Literature

Excerpt

This book grew in my mind during the later years of the war and the first draft was written in the summer of 1945. My object was to try and see what were the essential ideas of ancient democracy, how they arose, what were the difficulties encountered by full democracy and what the remedies proposed. The kind reception accorded to my Greek Interpretations suggested that the same method might be used here, i.e. long quotations from Greek literature with commentary. I am not a historian or a philosopher and my object is not to write a history of Greek political thought, but to show how the essential ideas of democracy at various stages of development were expressed by Greek poets and prose-writers from Homer to Aristotle, sketching in the history as far as it is necessary to explain my texts. I have attempted, as far as possible, to standardise translations of essential words, usually giving the Greek word in transliterated form. I should like finally to express my thanks to my wife for much help at all stages, to Dr. E. J. F. James for reading my manuscript and for making many suggestions which I have gratefully adopted, and to Mr. H. M. McKechnie for his skill in overcoming speedily the difficulties of present-day book production.

T. B. L. WEBSTER.

MANCHESTER, 1947.

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.