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- DescriptionAn exercise in cultural sociology, Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece seeks to explicate the dynamic currents of classical Hellenic ethics and social philosophy by situating those idea-complexes in their socio-historical and intellectual contexts. Central to this enterprise is a comprehensive historical-sociological analysis of the Polis form of social organization, which charts the evolution of its basic institutions, roles, statuses, and class relations. From the Dark Age period of genesis on to the Hellenistic era of eclipse by the emergent forces of imperial patrimonialism, Polis society promoted and sustained corresponding rmative codes which mobilized and channeled the requisite emotive commitments and cognitive judgments for functional proficiency under existing conditions of life. The aristocratic warrior-ethos canized in the Homeric epics; the civic ideology of equality and justice espoused by reformist lawgivers and poets; the democratization of status hor and martial virtue that attended the shift to hoplite warfare; the philosophical exaltation of the Polis-citizen bond as found in the architectonic visions of Plato and Aristotle; and the subsequent retreat from civic virtues and the interiorization of value articulated by the Skeptics, Epicureans, and Stoics, new age philosophies in a world remade by Alexander's conquests-these are the key phases in the evolving currents of Hellenic moral discourse, as structurally framed by transformations within the institutional matrix of Polis society.
- Author BiographyJoseph M. Bryant is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.
- Author(s)Joseph M. Bryant
- PublisherState University of New York Press
- Date of Publication01/07/1996
- SubjectAncient History
- Series TitleSUNY Series in the Sociology of Culture
- Place of PublicationAlbany, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintState University of New York Press
- Content Note, black & white illustrations
- Weight817 g
- Width151 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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