A History of Greek Political Thought

A History of Greek Political Thought

A History of Greek Political Thought

A History of Greek Political Thought

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I wish to thank those friends and colleagues with whom I have discussed various parts of this book--K. M. T. Chrimes (Mrs Atkinson), E. D. Phillips and W. H. Porter (Cork); to thank also Frances Hume and others who typed it, and D. R. Bradley and D. A. McAlindon for help in proof-reading.

The notes at the end of each chapter are intended primarily to indicate the ancient sources for that chapter; for the book should be read as it was written with these at elbow. They also serve to supplement the footnotes and to give a small selection of modern works. It would have been easy to compile an extended bibliography for the whole work, but it would have been misleading and of no practical value. There are many well-known histories of philosophy, books on political science, books about the Greek authors here utilised, but there are very few that deal with the development of Greek Political Thought. I mention here: (1) Ernest Barker, Greek Political Theory: Plato and his Predecessors (1918, 1925, 1947)--a book so well known that I thought it advisable not to consult it too often when writing my own; (2) Hans von Arnim , Die politischen Theorien des Altertums (1910)--six very fine lectures; (3) A. von Verdross-Drossberg, Grundlinien der antiken Rechts- und Staatsphilosophie, Vienna, 1946, 1948--mainly concerned with Plato. To these I add, though it only reached me just as this book was going to press, and is less general in its scope, (4) Heinrich Ryffel, METABOΛH ΠOΛITEIΩN, Der Wandel der Staatsverfassungen, Bern, 1949 (Noctes Romanae Nr. 2).

The translations from the Greek are my own except for one quotation from Philo on page 299. For it I have to thank Messrs W. Heinemann & Co. for permission to use the Colson-Whittaker translation in the Loeb Library.

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