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Citizen and Self in Ancient Greece: Individuals Performing by Vincent Farenga

By Vincent Farenga

This 2006 examine examines how the traditional Greeks determined questions of justice as a key to realizing the intersection of our ethical and political lives. Combining modern political philosophy with old, literary and philosophical texts, it examines a chain of outstanding people who played 'scripts' of justice in early Iron Age, archaic and classical Greece. From the sooner sessions, those comprise Homer's Achilles and Odysseus as heroic people who also are prototypical electorate, and Solon the lawgiver, writing the scripts of statute legislation and the jury trial. In democratic Athens, the focal point turns to dialogues among a citizen's ethical autonomy and political legal responsibility in Aeschyleon tragedy, Pericles' citizenship paradigm, Antiphon's sophistic proposal and forensic oratory, the political management of Alcibiades and Socrates' ethical individualism.

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