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The Measure of MultitudePopulation in Medieval Thought$
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Peter Biller

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265596

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265596.001.0001

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The Politics (I): Reception 1

The Politics (I): Reception 1

(p.296) 11 The Politics (I): Reception1
The Measure of Multitude

Peter Biller

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Artistotle's Politics. It begins with discussion of its historiography and translation and study. The chapter then turns to the demographic elements in the Politics and medieval western reactions to them. Here and there, in the commentators' handling of the ‘demographic’ contents of the Politics, we can discern understanding, reactions, additions, and sometimes little chinks of light into their world. Sometimes the commentators' attention is noticeably sharper: they are concentrating hard. A mild example of this is seen in their interest in early men and the relation between long-term cycles of disasters and recovery of the multitude and Old Testament history of the multitude. The largest examples, however, were the themes of marriage-ages, and optimum size (and control) of the multitude.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Politics, historiography, translation, demographic elements, commentators

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