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Kosmos

Kosmos
Essays in Order, Conflict and Community in Classical Athens

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Paul Cartledge, Robin Osborne, Malcolm Schofield, Lin Foxhall, Ilias Arnaoutoglou, Nick Fisher, Simon Goldhill, Lene Rubinstein, P. J. Rhodes, S. C. Todd, Sitta von Reden, Jim Roy, Paul Millett
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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525930

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  • 'Kosmos' is the word the ancient Greeks used for human social order. It has therefore a special application to the Greeks' peculiar social and political unit of communal life that they called the 'polis'. Of the many hundreds of such units in classical Greece the best documented and the most complex was democratic Athens. The purpose of this collective 1998 volume is to re-evaluate the foundations of classical Athens' highly successful experiment in communal social existence. Topics addressed include religion and ritualization, political friendship and enmity, gender and sexuality, sports and litigation, and economic and symbolic exchange. The book aims to make a major contribution, theoretical as well as empirical, towards understanding how the social order of community life may be sustained and enhanced.

    • Brings together dozen leading classical scholars - mainly ancient historians but also a philosopher and a literary critic
    • The topic of social order should be of interest beyond the narrowly classical market
    • Nomos has sold 1055 copies in hardcovers since publication
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    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525930
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: defining a kosmos Paul Cartledge
    2. Interpersonal relations on Athenian pots: putting others in their place Robin Osborne
    3. Political friendship and the ideology of reciprocity Malcolm Schofield
    4. The politics of affection: emotional attachments in Athenian society Lin Foxhall
    5. Between koinon and idion: legal and social dimensions of religious associations in ancient Athens Ilias Arnaoutoglou
    6. Gymnasia and the democratic values of leisure Nick Fisher
    7. The seductions of the gaze: Socrates and his girlfriends Simon Goldhill
    8. The Athenian political perception of the idiotes Lene Rubinstein
    9a. Enmity in fourth-century Athens P. J. Rhodes
    9b. The rhetoric of enmity in the Attic orators S. C. Todd
    10. The well-ordered polis: topographies of civic space Sitta von Reden
    11. The threat from the Piraeus Jim Roy
    12. Encounters in the Agora Paul Millett.

  • Editors

    Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge

    Paul Millett, University of Cambridge

    Sitta von Reden, University of Bristol

    Contributors

    Paul Cartledge, Robin Osborne, Malcolm Schofield, Lin Foxhall, Ilias Arnaoutoglou, Nick Fisher, Simon Goldhill, Lene Rubinstein, P. J. Rhodes, S. C. Todd, Sitta von Reden, Jim Roy, Paul Millett

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