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Plato, politics, and a practical utopia : social constructivism and civic planning in the "Laws" / Kenneth Royce Moore.

Author/Creator:
Moore, Kenneth Royce, 1972-
Publication:
London ; New York : Continuum, c2012.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (x, 133 pages)
Series:
Ancient History Archive 1983-2012
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Subjects:
City-states -- Greece -- History -- To 1500.
Cities and towns, Ancient -- Greece -- History.
Greece -- Politics and government -- To 146 B.C.
Utopias -- Greece -- History.
Plato. Laws.
Summary:
"Dealing with themes of urban planning, constitutionalism, utopianism and social construction theory, this book analyzes the city of Magnesia, Plato's second-best city-state in the Laws, as if it were an actual ancient city-state. The book details the demographics, economics, military capabilities and polity of Magnesia using (post)modern critical theory and contemporary data on ancient city-states. Examining the key features of the proposed city-state in detail, Kenneth Royce Moore considers Plato's proposed military as well as his invention of national service, and compares this with known militaries of the era. The author demonstrates that economic growth is not its priority, highly restricted with an aim toward stability rather than expansion. Moore also considers the Magnesian political system in the light of existing polities of the era, concluding that Magnesia will have a strikingly different form of government than any other actual city-state in antiquity, albeit derived in no small part from Athenian, Cretan and Spartan traditions. This book puts "flesh on the bones" of Plato's fictional utopia and reveals how surprisingly practical it could have been."--Bloomsbury Publishing.
Contents:
The development of the polis and its re-development under Plato
Platonic economics: fleshing the bones of Magnesia
The Magnesian military, national service, and mythical amazons
The legal system
The Magnesian polity: classical democracy recast
Welcome to the city of Magnesia.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [123]-129) and index.
Electronic reproduction. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement. s2014 dcunns
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Original
ISBN:
9781472540850 (online)
9781441153173 (hardback)
9781472505804 (paperback)
9781441147523 (electronic book)
9781441168030 (PDF)
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Restricted for use by site license.