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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

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

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

High Philosophy  

Dirk Baltzly

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
This article traces the sense of ‘higher’ – exclusivity of audience and assimilation to higher principles – along a spectrum. The lowest point on this spectrum is the Epicurean school. ... More

Ideologies of Hellenism  

Luciano Canfora

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
Turning to the examples of Demosthenes and Alexander, this article looks at the ideological uses of Hellenism, not only in the general sense of the word, but also in Droysen's sense of ... More

Low Philosophy  

William D. Desmond

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
Philosophy in an Aristotelian vein speaks a language almost of its own making, with unusual words such as substance, accident, matter, form, actuality, potentiality, entelechy, and the ... More

The Natural World in Greek Literature and Philosophy  

Mark Payne

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Apr 2014
This chapter examines the role of the natural world in ancient Greek literature and philosophy by way of Schiller’s claim, in “On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry,” that there was a ... More

The Polis  

James Redfield

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
This article reflects on changes in social structures from the eighth century BCE. It describes the rise of the polis and the different characteristics of the city-states that have formed ... More

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