Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Limits of Altruism in Democratic Athens

£67.00

  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107029774

£ 67.00
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
eBook


Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • Athenians in the classical period (508–322 BC) were drawn to an image of themselves as a compassionate and generous people who rushed to the aid of others in distress, both at home and abroad. What relation does this image bear to actual Athenian behavior? This book argues that Athenians felt little pressure as individuals to help fellow citizens whom they did not know. Democratic ideology called on citizens to refrain from harming one another rather than to engage in mutual support, and emphasized the importance of the helping relationship between citizen and city rather than among individual citizens. If the obligation of Athenians to help fellow citizens was fairly tenuous, all the more so was their responsibility to intervene to assist the peoples of other states; a distinct pragmatism prevailed in the city's decisions concerning intervention abroad.

    • Uniquely examines private social bonds in the context of civic bonds and explores what this meant for ancient Athenian democracy
    • Provides a strong contribution to the growing body of scholarship on ancient Athenian emotions, values, behaviors, and other facets of daily life
    • Uses source evidence to present an original portrait of the ancient Athenians
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'A fine bibliography and excellent indexes augment this well-produced effort. Summing up: highly recommended.' Choice

    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: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107029774
    • length: 223 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the philanthropic Athenian?
    1. Helping behavior in classical Athens
    2. Helping and democratic citizenship
    3. Helping and community in the Athenian law courts
    4. 'Helping others' in Athenian interstate relations
    Conclusion: helping and the Athenian experience.

  • Author

    Matthew Christ, Indiana University
    Matthew R. Christ is Professor of Classical Studies at Indiana University. He is author of The Bad Citizen in Classical Athens (2006) and The Litigious Athenian (1998).

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

Join us online

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.
×