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Morality and behaviour in democratic Athens : a social history

Author: Gabriel Herman
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How were moral ideas and behaviour in ancient Athens formulated and made manifest? How did democratic Athens diffuse the inevitable tensions that surface in society? In this work, Professor Herman argues that rather than endorse the Mediterranean ethic of retaliation, democratic Athens looked to the courts to dispense justice. Drawing on a method of analysis taken from the behavioural sciences, he describes the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriel Herman
ISBN: 9780521850216 0521850215
OCLC Number: 71347534
Description: xxi, 472 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Moral precepts and society --
2. Athenian society and government --
3. moral image of the Athenian democracy --
4. Representations and distortions --
5. structure of conflicts --
6. Revenge and punishment --
7. coercive power of the state --
8. Transformations of cruelty --
9. Interactions with the divine --
10. growth of communal feeling.
Responsibility: Gabriel Herman.
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Provides a model for societal behaviour and morality in ancient Athens.  Read more...

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