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Talking to Tyrants in Classical Greek Thought
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Talking to Tyrants in Classical Greek Thought (Hardback)

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Talking to Tyrants breaks new ground in the study of Classical Greek history and

political thought, exploring the previously unexamined question of how citizens

of Greek city-states approached interaction with kings, tyrants, and other

absolute rulers. Throughout history, states that value collective government and civic

liberties have struggled with how to deal with communities that reject these

values. Modern, western democracies continually debate how to reconcile their

beliefs in human rights and public institutions with the apparent need to

maintain contacts with a range of dictatorships and authoritarian regimes.

Greek poleis of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE faced similar


Through a close reading of several Greek authors, in

particular Herodotus, Xenophon, Isocrates and Plato, Talking to Tyrants details the

different strategies that these authors depict, adopt, or recommend for

enabling communication between the very different worlds of the Greek city

state and the monarch's court. The study is further informed by contemporary

Intercultural Communications Theory, which provides a powerful framework for

examining the ways in which individuals from different cultures and political

systems interact.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEClassical history / classical civilisationHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500 Publisher: Liverpool University Press Publication Date: 31/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9781789621235  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Daniel Unruh is Supervisor in the Classical Tripos at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. This is his first book.

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