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Civic Obligation and Individual Liberty in Ancient Athens


ISBN13: 9780199226580
Published: October 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £130.00



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Peter Liddel offers a fresh approach to the old problem of the nature of individual liberty in ancient Athens. He draws extensively on oratorical and epigraphical evidence from the late fourth century BC to analyse the ways in which ideas about liberty were reconciled with ideas about obligation, and examines how this reconciliation was negotiated, performed, and presented in the Athenian law-courts, assembly, and through the inscriptional mode of publication.

Using modern political theory as a springboard, Liddel argues that the ancient Athenians held liberty to consist of the substantial obligations (political, financial, and military) of citizenship

Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Liberty, duty, and obligation in the work of John Rawls
3. Ancient texts and ancient contexts
4. The negotiation of obligations
5. The performance and presentation of obligations
6. Conclusions ;