3. Ancient city-states

  • The idea of the polis. The polis in historical practice.
  • Polis and cosmopolis.
  • Thallasocracies of the eastern Mediterranean.
  • Arendt on “the public and the private.”
  • Ancient Greece as a network.

Required readings:

  • Mogens Herman Hansen, “The City-State Culture in Ancient Greece,” in Polis: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-State. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Thucydides, “Pericles’ Funeral Oration,” in The Peloponnesian War (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985)
  • Kostas Vlassopoulos, “Between East and West: The Greek Poleis as Part of a World-System.” Ancient West and East 6 (2007): 91–111.
  • Hanna Arendt, “The Public and the Private Realm,” in The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958.

Additional material:

  • P. J. Rhodes, The Greek city states: a source book. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

In Our Time, “Aristotle’s Politics”

Seminar notes: “City-states