Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy

3.94 avg rating
( 188 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780029168257: Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy

Never has the story of the difficult birth of the world's first democracy had more to say to us than now. This masterful biography of Pericles, the first citizen of Athens and its leader for over 20 years, skillfully weaves together the shifting political interests, international tensions, and intellectual currents that guided his remarkable career.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Library Journal:

Kagan is well known for his four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War ( The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War , LJ 1/5/70; The Archidamian War , 1974; The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition , 1981; The Fall of the Athenian Empire , 1987, all Cornell Univ. Pr.). His latest work is the first genuine biography of Pericles in English since A.R. Burn's Pericles and Athens (1949) and the most spirited defense of the Athenian democracy since W.G. Forrest's The Emergence of Greek Democracy (1966). The book is a lively and thoughtful chronicle of the years leading up to and into the great war between the Athenians and Spartans. Pericles is cast as the tragic hero whose flaw is the very rationality with which he so skillfully guided the Athenians and forged an empire. Contrary to the charges of both ancient and modern critics, Kagan argues that the democracy was a rational, deliberate, and moderate regime, and Pericles is portrayed as the consummate visionary political leader whose great mistake was to expect everyone to think and behave as rationally as he did. This learned and passionate book is sure to cause controversy and is recommended to both academic and public libraries.
- V. Bradley Lewis, Univ. of Notre Dame, Ind.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Democracy past and present is explored in this biography of Pericles, who governed Athens during the fifth century B.C., associated with such philosophers and artisans as Sophocles, Aeschylus and Phidias, and commissioned the Parthenon. Illustrated.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Kagan, Donald
Published by Free Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0029168252 ISBN 13: 9780029168257
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110029168252

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
51.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.31
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Donald Kagan
ISBN 10: 0029168252 ISBN 13: 9780029168257
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
vladimir belskiy
(alexandria, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Nov 01, 1990. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # dup 52215 10 anti

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
58.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.08
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Donald Kagan
Published by Free Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0029168252 ISBN 13: 9780029168257
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0029168252

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
79.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.08
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds