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  • Greek Polis Essay

    From the 19th century on there has been a debate on the true origin of the Greek polis, or the autonomous city-state of Greece. There are two major opposing opinions on the origin of the Greek Polis, one side argues that it came to be solely through religious association, this is the view that has been taken by the French historian Fustel de Coulanges. Two notable German philosophers Max Weber, and Karl Marx hold opposing views to those of Fustel de Coulanges. According to Weber and Marx the Greek Polis was erected solely through economic associations. While these theories on the autonomous city-states origin very greatly, they are both rooted in the classical works of Aristotle, Pausanias and Plato. For many years these theories have widely…

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  • Politics As A Vocation And Hannah Arendt Analysis

    Vocation, Weber discusses politics in the sense of the politics of a state, and therein defines the state as having a “monopoly of legitimate physical violence within a particular territory” (Weber 33). Weber states that this monopoly on force, and the fear it instills in the state’s people, is what legitimizes the government, and therefore the concept of politics. In his eyes, the fear of the government and the hope of a reward are what enable the government to continue its and politics’…

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  • Similarities And Differences Between Antigone And Oedipus

    Compare and contrast the part that the city or state (polis) plays in Antigone and Oedipus The King. Antigone is a play about the tension caused when two individuals have conflicting claims regarding law. In this case, the moral superiority of the laws of the city, represented by Creon, and the laws of the gods, represented bt Antigone. In contrast, Oedipus The King is driven by the tensions within Oedipus himself. That play both begins and concludes within the public domain, the plot being…

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  • Memory And Relation In Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition

    For Arendt, the polis is defined not geographically by the wall that demarcates the city, but rather, as an abstract space for the ‘sharing of words and deeds’ (Arendt, 1958:). The polis allows citizens to embody power primarily through participation in action and speech and the polis manifests as a space of appearance in the widest sense of the word. It is for this reason that Arendt suggests the polis plays a key role in shaping remembrance in The Human Condition – the polis becomes a ground…

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  • Importance Of Athenian Freedom

    perks such as the freedom to be a part of the polis, the political body governing Athens, and the most sought after aspect of citizenship. The goal of an actor of the polis was to sustained and insure the prosperity of the city-state as a whole, thusly ensuring the freedom of all its citizens. At their core, Athenians believed civic duty to be of the utmost importance, it was to have the responsibility and or ability to affect others or at least seem to, that the Athenians believed was the…

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  • The Characteristics Of Ancient Athens, Athens And New York

    Throughout architecture history, cities have developed a more urbanized setting each building on the city that came before it. One can notice which traits of Modern cities have been adapted from Greek cities by comparing and contrasting Ancient Athens, Greece and Manhattan, New York. These two urbanizations are both examples that display how much the urban grid and the programs within a city have changed over time. Although the city of Manhattan has advanced greatly contrasting the Ancient…

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  • Characteristics Of The Polis

    The current governmental system employed by modern governments is based on the ancient Greek concept of the polis. In order to comprehend how the West adopted the principles of democracy in the early modern period, it is integral to build ones understanding of the ideas surrounding the establishment and maintenance of the Polis during the dark and classical ages in Greek history. For instance, prior to the development of democracy in Greek city-states, the poleis went through periods of…

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  • Herodotus: The Values Of Darius And Xerxess

    In his work, The Histories, the Greek historian Herodotus gives an account of Darius and Xerxes, who were two members of the Achaemenidai family, and ruled as Kings during the Greco-Persian Wars. Persian kingship was different from earlier Greek kingship. I believe, however, that if we examine the virtues that Darius and Xerxes had, we could see they shared similar values than the Greeks. In this essay, I will argue that Herodotus does indeed provide us with a narrative that indicates that…

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  • Definition Of Superior Polis

    The Superior Polis: More Than Just a City-State A simple definition to the term Polis is, “an independent Greek city state” and according to Aristotle, a Polis can be defined as “a natural association of rational human beings and an analysis and evaluation of the relationships between the various categories of individuals that compose the citizen body.” These two definitions offer an explanation as to what a Polis is considered to be on the surface however, do not capture what a Polis…

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  • Socrates Ideal Polis Analysis

    In Books II-IV of Plato’s Republic, Socrates creates an ideal polis, and in doing so finds justice in the soul. The two foundational principles of the ideal city that Socrates creates are self-sufficiency and one-person-one-art, referred to today as specialization. Individual people are not self-sufficient, so the citizens of the city must take up a profession and trade with each other. Socrates and his companions are successful in their search for justice, and are able to reach the answer by…

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