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ISSNs: 0142-257X, 2051-2996

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  1. Aristotle on the Scope of Practical Reason: Spectators, Legislators, Hopes, and Evils, written by Pavlos Kontos. [REVIEW]Andrew Culbreth - 2024 - Polis 41 (2):380-384.
     
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    Between ‘The Character of the Athenian Empire’ and The Origins of the Peloponnesian War (and beyond).Mirko Canevaro & David Lewis - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):176-202.
    This article discusses the fortune of Geoffrey de Ste. Croix’s famous article ‘The Character of the Athenian Empire’, and reassesses its basic thesis that the Athenian Empire was popular among the lower classes of the allied cities in the light of recent developments in the field. After surveying the article’s immediate and more recent reception, and discussing its relation with The Origins of the Peloponnesian War and The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World, it isolates four key new trends (...)
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    OPW and de Ste. Croix: the Past and Present Views of a Pupil.Robin Lane Fox - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):9-50.
    This survey, by a pupil of Geoffrey de Ste. Croix and eventual successor in his Oxford job, combines personal recollections of de Ste. Croix’s horizons and intellectual range with a penetrating study of his Origins of the Peloponnesian War, its underlying debts and detailed contentions. It addresses his, and Thucydides’, engagement with origins and causes, his central contention about votes by the Spartans and their allies on whether to go to war, the roles of Corinth, Megara and the much-discussed Megarian (...)
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    The Origins of the Peloponnesian War, Chapter IV, and the Development of Spartan Historical Studies.Stephen Hodkinson - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):141-175.
    This article examines the impact on Spartan historiography of Chapter IV of de Ste. Croix’s Origins of the Peloponnesian War, focusing on his discussions of Spartan politics and society in Sections v–vi. These sections fit oddly within the overall chapter, but they blew a breath of fresh air into Spartan studies through their revisionist approach, intimations of the socio-economic bases of policy-making, and extended accounts of ‘real-life’ political episodes across the classical period. Along with Moses Finley’s near-contemporary article on Sparta, (...)
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    Old Comedy and Athenian Power.Leah Lazar - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):51-75.
    In this article, jumping off from Geoffrey de Ste. Croix’s treatment of Aristophanes and the Megarian Decree, I argue that Old Comedy is an underutilised category of evidence for the study of the popular intellectual history of Athens. My particular focus here is the Athenian empire: how does Old Comedy present Athenian power and what does this comic presentation tell us about how at least some ordinary Athenians understood it? Can one popular Athenian imaginary of the empire be constructed through (...)
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    Fafner and the Rhinemaidens’ Treasure, Fifty Years On.David Lewis - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):121-140.
    This article discusses G.E.M. de Ste. Croix’s contentions about the effect of Helotage on Spartan foreign policy articulated in chapter IV of Origins of the Peloponnesian War, namely that Sparta’s Helot population was uniquely dangerous, constraining Sparta’s ability to send large numbers of citizen hoplites abroad lest it be exposed to the threat within. It shows that while certain arguments advanced by Ste. Croix are no longer tenable in light of subsequent research, others still stand up to critical scrutiny fifty (...)
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    The Origins of the Peloponnesian War, the Origins of the Peloponnesian War, and Theories of International Relations.Polly Low - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):76-91.
    This article investigates the theoretical assumptions and implications of de Ste. Croix’s approach to interstate politics in The Origins of the Peloponnesian War. It suggests that two approaches can be identified in the work: one which sees a fundamental connection between political systems within a state and that state’s conduct of interstate politics, and another, closer to conventional ‘Realist’ theories, which sees a clear dividing line between domestic and interstate politics, and in which interstate relations need to be understood according (...)
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    50 Years after OPW: History and Historiography.Nino Luraghi - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):5-8.
    This short preface is meant to explain the purpose of the present volume and point to the diverse approaches and lines of argument pursued by the contributors.
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    Origins and Ends: Money and Power in and beyond Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War.Andrew Meadows - 2024 - Polis 41 (1):92-120.
    This article examines the disconnect between, on the one hand, the insistence on the part of multiple characters in Thucydides’ first book on the need for the Peloponnesians to invest in naval power to defeat Athens, and, on the other, the failure to act on this in the narrative of books 2–7. It then analyses the numismatic evidence for the way in which Sparta does then act upon this advice in the course of the Ionian War, and suggests that Thucydides’ (...)
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