By John David Lewis
For the Greeks, the ability to think abstractly about politics developed during centuries of thought about man and his community. This intellectual odyssey began on Homer's battlefield, advanced through self-governing political communities, and culminated in the political philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. What—the Greeks asked—is moral excellence? How does it relate to justice in the city? How should we organize our laws and our government? How can we avoid the twin evils of tyranny and anarchy? What is the nature of the ideal state? This course examines the intellectual history of Greek political thought and shows how the Greeks refined their conceptual understanding of political life in order to solve real problems.
(MP3 download; 4 hrs., 7 min., with Q & A, 165 MB)