Ancient Greek History and Contemporary Social Science

Mirko Canevaro (Editor), Andrew Erskine (Editor), Benjamin Gray (Editor), Josiah Ober (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

There is a long history of successful engagement between social science and classical studies. Social science has been a source of new and productive approaches to understanding ancient Greece, while classical Greek history and culture has been a touchstone for social theorists since the 19th century. This new collection of essays surveys the current state of the new field of ‘social science Greek history’ and demonstrates the potential of this interdisciplinary field.

Substantial bodies of work that have contributed in fundamental ways to our understanding of classical Greece and its cultural legacy were produced in 20th century, by employing methods from anthropology, sociology, and psychology. More recently, the use of quantitative methods and formal theory, drawn from contemporary political science, economics, and sociology, has led to a new understanding of ancient Greek economic and political development. Meanwhile, normative considerations, drawn from contemporary political philosophy, have led to a richer understanding of Greek political thought and Greek institutional innovations – notably including democracy and the rule of law.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages608
ISBN (Electronic)9781474421799, 9781474421782
ISBN (Print)9781474421775
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Leventis Studies
PublisherEdinburgh University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • law
  • institutions
  • Greek history
  • social science
  • economic history
  • social networks
  • political science
  • institutional analysis


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