By Philippe Nemo
Offers a context for realizing today’s large states by way of tracing the origins of political inspiration from the earliest prestates via next eras, together with the philosophers and thinkers of the Greek city-state, Roman legislation, and the Christian Gospels; Nemo extra examines the impression on political association that extends from canon legislations and the effect of diverse Christian thinkers.
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This process took place over some 350 years from the end of the Greek Middle Age until Socrates and the Sophists (750–400 BC). We discern three phases: 1. The formalization of notions on justice (themis, dike) and social order (eunomia), in contrast with “feudal” violence and excess; these ideas continue to be legitimized by reference to myths (see section I, “Homer and Hesiod: Justice and Social Order”). 2. A realization that justice can only be ensured by a law (nomos), which is equal for all (isonomia), and that the law must be explicit and written, therefore, in the hands of men (see section II, “From Solon to Cleisthenes: The Emergence of the City and the Citizen”).
They left a path of destruction in their wake. Orrieux and Schmitt-Pantel, Histoire grecque, 35. 3 24 Chapter 1. Political Ideas in Greece before Plato Fleeing the Dorian invasion, a tiny number of Achaeans took refuge in Asia Minor. There, the Achaeans came into contact with “oriental” peoples, or with peoples who had been in contact with oriental populations for a long time, like the Phrygians. On the one hand, these peoples were more developed than the Achaeans. On the other hand, the Achaeans entertained maritime contacts with Syria, because they needed metals found only in the Orient.
13 30 Chapter 1. Political Ideas in Greece before Plato c. Justice, the Gift of Zeus It is true, Zeus strikes down the bad judges. The justice that Hesiod aspires to is primarily willed by Zeus. It is a gift of God; indeed, it is a goddess in its own right. In his Theogony, Hesiod represents Zeus in union with Themis; the fruit of their union is Eunomia, Dike, and Eirene (Order, Justice, and Peace). “Next Zeus took to himself Themis, the shining, who bore him the Seasons, Lawfulness, and Justice, and prospering Peacetime (Eirene); these are concerned to oversee the actions of mortal people” (Theogony, verses 901–02).
A History of Political Ideas from Antiquity to the Middle Ages by Philippe Nemo