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Phocion the Good (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Laurence A. Trittle


230 pages

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Plutarch’s Life of Phocion has not been closely analysed since 1840. Laurence Trittle’s study, first published in 1988, offers a new assessment of this significant and complex personality, whilst illuminating the political climate in which he thrived.

Though often thought to be of humble origin, Phocion was educated in Plato’s Academy, rose to prominence in the innermost circles of Athenian political life, and was renowned as a soldier throughout the Greek world. Professor Trittle traces the origins and development of the historical tradition that so shaped an image of the "Good" Phocion, so that his actual achievements as a politician and general were all but lost. He can thus now be seen in the context of fourth-century Athens: as a major political leader, a worthy opponent of Philip of Macedon, and a champion of a politics of justice rather than of the traditional politics of enmity.

Table of Contents

List of Diagrams and Maps; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction 1. Plutarch’s Life of Phocion 2. Plutarch and His Sources 3. Family and Friends 4. The Hero of Naxos 5. Phocion: General of Athens 6. Phocion the Politician 7. Phocionic Athens 8. The Philosopher in Politics; Appendices 1. Non-Plutarchian Sources for Phocion 2. The Date of Glaucippus’ Speech Against Phocion 3. The Chronology of the Egyptian Campaigns of Artaxerxes III; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece