A History of Political Ideas from Antiquity to the Middle by Philippe Nemo

By Philippe Nemo

Offers a context for realizing today’s tremendous states by means of tracing the origins of political inspiration from the earliest prestates via next eras, together with the philosophers and thinkers of the Greek city-state, Roman legislations, and the Christian Gospels; Nemo extra examines the impression on political association that extends from canon legislations and the effect of various Christian thinkers.

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Work, production, and the competition that augments them both are the real solutions to civic quarrels and wars. b. Work and Justice Two myths illustrate the truth of these principles. The first, the myth of Pandora, shows that work, by the will of Zeus, is humanity’s lot. The second, the myth of race and blood, recounts that, among the peoples who succeeded one another on earth, those who gave in to excess perished wretchedly, and those who chose justice were favored by the gods. The lesson here is twofold: humanity cannot escape the law of work; the human race cannot do without justice.

With the disappearance of the charioteer as the primary weapon of combat, the nobility—the only class wealthy enough to maintain horses—lost its primacy of military functions. But to become a hoplite, it was necessary to be able to equip oneself with heavy iron weapons, and this excluded the masses. The involvement of middle-class men in the military effort, at a time when conflicts between cities were frequent, necessarily had ramifications for the political life of the city. The same men, who agreed to defend the city with their lives, could not be expected to tolerate their exclusion from civic responsibility for very long.

It is as if this wild and desolate land no longer interested anyone. ” Archeology is the only source of information. The archeological record enables us to distinguish three phases of the “Dark Age”: 1. From 1200 to 1050 BC approximately, civilization was broadly in stagnation. The population collapsed (three-quarters perished). The number and size of recorded archeological sites declined sharply, as if the country had become a desert. This stagnation impacted on material outputs as well; dwellings, technologies, and the arts and crafts all regressed.

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