As history's first democracy, classical Athens invited political discourse. The Athenians, however could not completely separate the politicals from the private sphere; indeed father-son conflict, from patricide to murdering one's son, was a major public as well as a private theme. In a fascinating historical reappraisal, the author explores the consequences, for Athens and us, of the powerful influence of familial ideology on politics.
`The theoretical sophistication of this and subsequent publications placed him in the first rank of those who have sought to inform and invigorate political narrative through cultural anthropology, mentalite, and social history. Fathers and Sons in Athens will confirm this standing.' - Classical Review
`Professor Strauss's book has many useful notes and suggestions for further reading, and may be recommended as a relatively jargon-free introduction to the family relationships of the ancient Greeks.' - Greek Gazette