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Ancient Agronomy as a Literature of Best Practices  

Philip Thibodeau

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Aug 2018
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Jul 2018
This chapter offers a historical overview of Greek and Roman agronomy as a literary phenomenon, touching on major sources such as Hesiod, Xenophon, Cato, and Columella together with ... More

Ancient Concepts of Personal Identity  

Christopher Gill

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
The burgeoning science of human nature recognized the implications for human identity. In the later fifth or early fourth centuries BCE philosophers started to develop a systematically ... More

The Aristotelian Tradition  

Han Baltussen

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter examines the relationship between the Aristotelian philosophers (30 bce to 200 ce) and the so-called Second Sophistic. It discusses how the study of Aristotle’s works ... More

Aristotle’s Rhetoric in Theory and Practice  

Eugene Garver

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Nov 2017
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Oct 2014
The Rhetoric is a difficult book for two reasons. First, its purpose is not immediately clear because it sees argument as the heart of persuasion yet expands and contracts the meaning of ... More

Aristotle, the Inventor of Natural Science  

Jochen Althoff

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Aug 2018
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Jul 2018
The chapter surveys the contributions of Aristotle to the development of ancient Greek science. Aristotle sought the stable element and reliable truth within changes. Aristotle develops a ... More

Biography  

Christopher Pelling

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
This article points out that the genre of biography was also fundamentally concerned with Hellenic identity. As the discussion holds, ancient biographies do not just describe individuals, ... More

Civic Institutions  

Sara Forsdyke

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
This article looks at the parallel evolution of civic institutions, all of which culminated in the polis, the ‘city-state’, as the backdrop to the rich cultural legacy of the fifth and ... More

Commentaries  

Barbara Graziosi

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
Commentaries are important research tools in the field of Hellenic studies: even those classicists who are most critical of them tend to use them frequently. More fundamentally still, ... More

Comparative Approaches to the Study of Culture  

G. E. R. Lloyd

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
Appealing to Herodotus, who should perhaps be considered the father of cultural anthropology as much as of history, this article resists an extreme position which relativizes concepts of ... More

Comparative Philology and Linguistics  

Philomen Probert

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
Questions about the ancient Greek language arise in many areas of Hellenic studies and might include, for example: Which linguistic characteristics of the Homeric poems as we have them are ... More

Demography and Sociology  

Walter Scheidel

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
This article deals with the application of the Hellenic question of how membership of society is counted and structured. Demography and sociology share a focus on group behaviour. While ... More

Epicureanism Writ Large: Diogenes of Oenoanda  

Pamela Gordon

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter examines the cultural contexts of the second-century ce Epicurean inscription of Diogenes of Oenoanda (discovered in a small city in Lycia). More than a handbook on ... More

Epicurus and His Circle: Philosophy, Medicine, and the Sciences  

Teun Tieleman

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Aug 2018
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Jul 2018
The chapter gives an account Epicurus’ natural philosophy and his attitude to the sciences. Epicurus’ mission was to liberate people from the fear of death and the gods, and science was ... More

Favorinus and Herodes Atticus  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
Favorinus is chiefly known, besides the brief account in Philostratus and three speeches of his own composition, from his admirer Aulus Gellius and his enemy M. Antonius Polemon, who ... More

Geographical Survey  

Mark Whittow

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Oct 2008
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Nov 2012
The geography of Byzantium shaped its history by defining its strategic possibilities and challenges, setting limits to the resources that the empire and its inhabitants could draw upon ... More

The Greek Neoplatonist Commentators on Aristotle  

Michael Griffin

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Aug 2018
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Jul 2018
Greek Neoplatonist commentators on Aristotle practiced philosophy and science in the third through seventh centuries ce by performing innovative exegesis of Aristotle’s works. To ... More

Greek Philosophy and Classical Roman Law: A Brief Overview  

Jacob Giltaij

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Oct 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter explores the relation between Greek philosophy and classical Roman law, focusing on various currents as intellectual backgrounds to the works of individual jurists as well as ... More

Greek Philosophy in the Twenty-first Century  

Sara Brill

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Jun 2016
This article addresses contemporary efforts to understand how the earliest practitioners of philosophy conceived of the philosophic life. It argues that, for Plato, the concept of bios was ... More

Greek Political Theory  

Christopher Rowe

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
This article considers the theoretical perspective on the polis as the immediate context for an individual's flourishing. That ancient political philosophy has such strong roots in the ... More

Hesiod from Aristotle to Posidonius  

David Conan Wolfsdorf

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
This chapter examines the reception of Hesiod in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, from Aristotle to Posidonius. The discussion focuses on the contributions of the Peripatetics, ... More

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