Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens. by Ryan K. Balot

By Ryan K. Balot

In this unique and profitable mixture of highbrow and political heritage, Ryan Balot deals a radical historic and sociological interpretation of classical Athens established at the proposal of greed. Integrating old philosophy, poetry, and heritage, and drawing on glossy political idea, the writer demonstrates that the Athenian discourse on greed was once a vital part of Greek social improvement and political history.

Over time, the Athenians built subtle mental and political debts of acquisitiveness and a correspondingly wealthy vocabulary to explain and condemn it. Greed figures time and again as an item of feedback in authors as diversified as Solon, Thucydides, and Plato--all of whom addressed the social disruptions as a result of it, in addition to the inadequacy of lives taken with it. as a result of its moral importance, greed surfaced usually in theoretical debates approximately democracy and oligarchy. finally, reviews of greed--particularly the cost that it really is unjust--were equipped into the powerful money owed of justice formulated via many philosophers, together with Plato and Aristotle. Such opinions of greed either mirrored and have been inextricably knitted into financial heritage and political occasions, together with the coups of 411 and 404 B.C.

Balot contrasts historic Greek notion on distributive justice with later Western traditions, with implications for political and monetary heritage well past the classical interval. as the trust that greed is nice holds a dominant place in glossy justifications of capitalism, this examine presents a deep ancient context in which such justifications might be reexamined and, maybe, came across wanting.

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Indeed, information about relationships between mothers and daughters in general, granted the male voice of most Greek written sources and Athenian reluctance to mention respectable women is public, is not easy to come by. Nonetheless, mother–daughter relationships may well have been closer than our largely male sources allow us to demonstrate. What little literature written by women we do possess focuses on the difficulty of leaving home; for young women, home meant, more than anything, their mother.

It had a lasting effect on the personalities of Alexander and Olympias. Some, as we shall see, believe that the quarrel also led to Philip’s murder. Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the affair is Philip’s role in it. With his departure for Asia imminent, he would hardly have wanted to destabilize the political situation in Macedonia by suggesting that Alexander was not his intended heir. Any son born to Cleopatra would be roughly eighteen years away from any ability to rule on his own. Child monarchs did not last long in Macedonia, as Philip knew from personal experience.

4). , Plut. Demetr. 3). Negotiating these contradictory expectations was a given for royal women. Such expectations could, of course, create conflicts in loyalty, but the alliances themselves could also help to resolve them. For royal women confronted with a situation in which they were not the only wife, continued ties to birth families were even more likely. Family status could increase their personal status compared to other wives and birth family members could function as their advocates and supporters against the interests of other wives.

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