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Ancient History and Contemporary Political Theory: The Case of Liberty

Arena, V; (2018) Ancient History and Contemporary Political Theory: The Case of Liberty. Journal of History of European Ideas , 44 (6) pp. 641-657. 10.1080/01916599.2018.1513704. Green open access

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Abstract

Providing an introduction to this special issue on the ancient notions of liberty and its modern perspectives, this essay contains, first, some reflections about the relation between the fields of ancient history and contemporary political theory. Building on the comments of the final roundtable with Kinch Hoekstra and Quentin Skinner, it then makes an attempt at extrapolating some theoretical understandings of liberty from a wide range of geographical and historical contexts covered in the contributions. Moving away from a strictly classical Graeco-Roman focus, these include investigations from the second millennium BCE polities in the Levant to the Byzantine empire in the fifth-century CE.

Type: Article
Title: Ancient History and Contemporary Political Theory: The Case of Liberty
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01916599.2018.1513704
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2018.1513704
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript . For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: liberty, ancient history, political theory, presentism, Republicanism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055393
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