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Courage in the Democratic Polis: Ideology and Critique in Classical Athens

Ryan K. Balot


In this careful and compelling study, Ryan K. Balot brings together political theory, classical history, and ancient philosophy in order to reconceive of courage as a specifically democratic virtue. Ranging from Thucydides and Aristophanes to the Greek tragedians and Plato, Balot shows that the ancient Athenians constructed a novel vision of courage that linked this virtue to fundamental democratic ideals, such as freedom, equality, and practical rationality. The Athenian ideology of courage had practical implications for the conduct of war, for gender relations, and for the citizens’ self-ima ... More

Keywords: courage, Athens, democracy, manliness, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982158
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan K. Balot, author
University of Toronto

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