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Politics in the Ancient World (Canto original series)

by M. I. Finley

ISBN 0521406730 / 9780521406734 / 0-521-40673-0
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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The business of politics - the vital process of conducting government through the dynamics of argument, conflict and decision-making, offers us one of the most revealing areas of insight into any society. Sir Moses Finley's exploration of politics in the city states of Greece and republican Rome yields insights into the arena of political debate which have made a major impact on our understanding of the ancient world. The early political involvement of the free lower classes, the effect of war and conquest on political stability, and the ideological pressures which influenced the course of internal conflicts are salient themes in this stimulating investigation of the nature of government in Greece and Rome. '... lively and entertaining ... [Finley] never loses touch with his lay readers.' The New Republic '... a splendid succession of illuminating insights ... provocative and entertaining ... written with all Sir Moses' characteristic clarity and panache.' History of Political Thought '... a brilliant analysis of the politics of the Greek and Roman city state ... a beautiful comparative study ... This is an important book.' American Historical Review [via]