POLSCI 403 - Greek Political Thought
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 101 or 302.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course deals with the meaning of democracy in ancient Athens and the significance of the crisis in political thinking created by the Sophists during the 5th century BCE. We will read much of Thucydides, a number of the plays, and then examine the Platonic and Aristotelian attempts to counter the arguments of the Sophists. The course concentrates on careful readings of the relevant texts, with the most attention to Thucydides, Plato and Aristotle.

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

Sophomores and juniors

Class Format:

Lecture meets twice a week for an hour and a half each.

POLSCI 403 - Greek Political Thought
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0226469409
The Iliad of Homer, Author: translated with an introduction by Richmond Lattimore., Publisher: University of Chicago Press repr. 1970
ISBN: 9780521612586
The war of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, Author: Thucydides ; edited and translated by Jeremy Mynott., Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1590171454
War and the Iliad, Author: by Simone Weil and Rachel Bespaloff ; with an essay by Hermann Broch., Publisher: New York Review Books 2005
ISBN: 0465069347
The Republic of Plato, Author: translated with notes and an interpretive essay by Allan Bloom., Publisher: Basic Books 2nd ed. 1991
ISBN: 0226026752
Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics, Author: Aristotle ; translated, with an interpretive essay, notes, and glossary by Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins., Publisher: University of Chicago Press Paperback
ISBN: 0226921840
Aristotle's Politics., Author: translated and with an introduction, notes, and glossary by Carnes Lord., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2nd ed.
ISBN: 0872201341
Laches, Author: Plato. Transl., with an introd. and notes by Rosamond Kent Spragve., Publisher: Hackett 1992
ISBN: 0195373308
The Complete Sophocles. ; Volume II: Electra and Other Plays., Author: edited by Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2009
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