Ancient Political Thought

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Course Description

This is a course in ancient political thought from its mythic foundations to the early Roman Empire. While we will be covering a great range of material in rough chronological order, this is not a survey course. Our focus will be on a set of critical concepts including tradition, authority, law, divinity, kings, and republics. This course seeks to probe rich traditions of classical political thought and to familiarize students with a range of concepts, perspectives, and arguments that continue to inform contemporary political practice and theory.