Skip to content
Cart

Your Cart

×

You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

Plutarch's Politics
Between City and Empire

$99.99 (C)

Award Winner
  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107148789

$ 99.99 (C)
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • Plutarch's Lives were once treasured. Today they are studied by classicists, known vaguely, if at all, by the educated public, and are virtually unknown to students of ancient political thought. The central claim of this book is that Plutarch shows how the political form of the city can satisfy an individual's desire for honor, even under the horizon of empire. Plutarch's argument turns on the difference between Sparta and Rome.  Both cities stimulated their citizens' desire for honor, but Sparta remained a city by linking honor to what could be seen first-hand, whereas Rome became an empire by liberating honor from the shackles of the visible. Even under the rule of a distant power, however, allegiances and political actions tied to the visible world of the city remained. By resurrecting statesmen who thrived in autonomous cities, Plutarch hoped to rekindle some sense of the city's enduring appeal.

    • Proposes a new reading of Plutarch's Lives, focused on these texts as works of political philosophy
    • Links Plutarch's concerns to contemporary attempts to balance local, national and global commitments
    • Develops the concept of 'political form' - city, nation, empire - as distinct from the concept of 'political regime'
    Read more

    Awards

    • Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

    Reviews & endorsements

    'A remarkable study of Plutarch that reminds us of the honor in which he was once held and that seeks to rescue his analysis of honor and honor-lovers from our jaded unconcern. Hugh Liebert offers an elegant introduction to the political thought of Hellenism.' Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University and Stanford University

    'Every once in a while, someone publishes a book that causes everyone familiar with the subject to say, ‘That is obvious. Why did no one say it before?’ Hugh Liebert’s Plutarch’s Politics is just such a book, and it will have a major impact on the future study of the biographer. It is the first to examine in a systematic fashion Plutarch’s Lives from a regime perspective. It is elegant - written with vigor and verve. Its author has a thorough knowledge of the parallel lives and the Moralia, of the writers to whom Plutarch is responding, and of the pertinent secondary literature. The book that he has written is brief and terse, and it makes a powerful - nay, a compelling - case for Plutarch’s importance as a political thinker of the very first rank.' Paul Rahe, Hillsdale College, Michigan

    'This is a marvellous guide for reading the Lives as a genre of political philosophy.' Mark Shiffman, The Review of Politics

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107148789
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Ancients and moderns
    2. Ambition and political form
    Part II:
    3. Lives
    4. Lycurgus's Sparta
    5. Numa's Rome
    6. Parallels
    7. Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Hugh Liebert, United States Military Academy
    Hugh Liebert is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy.

    Awards

    • Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×