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Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece a Sociology of Greek Ethics from Homer to the Epicureans and Stoics

by Joseph M. Bryant

  • ISBN: 9780791430422
  • ISBN10: 0791430421

Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece a Sociology of Greek Ethics from Homer to the Epicureans and Stoics

by Joseph M. Bryant

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780791430422
  • ISBN10: 0791430421
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Description: Acknowledgements Preface: The Sociology of Knowledge and Historical Sociology Introduction: The Polis and the "Spirit" of Hellenism 1. The End of the Bronze Age 2. Dark Age Greece I. Social Structure: The Oikos and the Community II. Norms and Values: The Ethos of the Warrior-Aristocracy 3. Archaic Greece I. Social Structure: The Emergence of Polis Society i. Social Change in the Early Archaic Age ii. Hoplites and Tyrants in an Age of Transition iii. Sparta's Perfection of the Warriors' Guild iv. Toward Democracy in Athens II. Norms and Values: The Articulation of the Polis-Citizen Bond i. Aristocratic Supremacy in the Early Archaic Age: Hereditary Virtue and the Agonal Ideal ii. The Dmos in Dependency: Peasant Values and the Cry for Social Justice iii. The Rise of Hoplite Heroes and Codification of the Polis Ideal iv. Troubled Aristocrats, Confident Commoners, and the Contest for Status Honor and Self-Affirmation v. From Myth to Science, and the Occult: The Quest for Knowledge and Salvation 4. Classical Greece I. Slavery and the Material Foundations of Classical Civilization II. The Persian Challenge: Military Triumph and Cultural Affirmation III. The Classical Polis: Institutions and Normative Ideals IV. The Sophists and Sokrates: Critical Rationalism and the Revaluation of Conventional Morality V. Democratic Imperialism and the Expansion of Athenian Power VI. The Peloponnesian War, Civic Factionalism, and the Rupturing of Polis Communalism 5. Fourth-Century Greece and the Decline of the Polis I. Hegemonial Rivalries, Class Struggle, and the Deepening Crisis of Social Disorganization II. Mercenaries, Military Monarchs, and the Erosion of Citizen Politics III. Plato and the Dilemmas of Politics and Reason: The Polis as Philosophical Project IV. The Minor Sokratics and the Onset of Normative Individualism V. The Macedonian Conquest and the Suppression of Polis Autonomy VI. Aristotle's Social Philosophy and the Sociology of Power VII. Diogenes and Cynic Antinomianism 6. The Hellenistic Age I. Alexander and the Graeco-Macedonian Conquest of the East II. Wars of the Successors and the Consolidation of Imperial Patrimonialism III. Ethics in a New Key: The Retreat from Polis-Citizen Ideals and the Interiorization of Moral Value i. Epicureanism: Pleasure and Tranquillity in the Garden ii. Stoicism: The Ethos of "Self-Hardening" iii. Syncretism Triumphant: External Unfreedom and the Quest for Inner Plenitude and Immunity Epilogue: On Reductionism, Relativism, and the Sociology of Morals and Philosophy Glossary of Greek Terms Notes Selected Bibliography Index
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