The Hellenistic Stoa: Political Thought and Action

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Stoicism, which came to be closely identified with the Roman establishment, began as a radical doctrine. Indeed Zeno, the first Stoic (335-263BC), embarrassed his Roman successors by advocating the abolition of money, private property and marriage. How did this change come about? This book pieces together the evidence for early Stoic political thought to examine the transition. It sets the philosophy in its historical context showing how political thought and action interrelate in the process. Chapters discuss Stoic attitudes to slavery, Roman imperialism, property and justice, as well as specific cases of political participation such as in third-century Athenian politics, the Spartan revolution and the land reform programme.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGerald Duckworth & Co.
Number of pages233
ISBN (Print)9780801424632
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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