Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece: A Sociology of Greek Ethics from Homer to the Epicureans and Stoics (S U N Y SERIES IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE)

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A contribution to what is increasingly called the sociology of culture, which studies linkages between ideas and institutions, cultural forms, and social structures. Considering Greece from the Dark Age to the early Hellenistic era, Bryant (sociology, U. of New Brunswick, Canada) examines the main structural changes within the economic, political, military, religious, and kinship institutions; the impact of those developments on the social position and consciousness of various groups and strata; and the relationship of the discourse of artists and intellectuals to their social affiliations and the patterns of institutional change. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Joseph M. Bryant is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

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This is a challenging reappraisal of major developments in Greek society between the Dark Ages and the flowering of Hellenistic culture. Historians of Greek political life and of Greek philosophy will need to think again about the relationships between social structures and philosophical ethics, between brute economic or material facts and moral ideology. Bryant makes a strong case for the pertinence of historical sociology of a broadly Weberian kind to the understanding of ancient Greek civilization. Anyone inclined to take the historical dimension of ethics seriously will welcome this detailed case study of the interactions between politics, sociology, and moral theory in classical Greek culture. Brad Inwood, University of Toronto
This is as sociologically and culturally deep and thorough a work on ancient Greek life and thought, up through the Hellenistic period, as one can find in the literature. I found it an enjoyable, at times fascinating, work to read. Randall Collins, University of California, Riverside"

"This is a challenging reappraisal of major developments in Greek society between the Dark Ages and the flowering of Hellenistic culture. Historians of Greek political life and of Greek philosophy will need to think again about the relationships between social structures and philosophical ethics, between brute economic or material facts and moral ideology. Bryant makes a strong case for the pertinence of historical sociology of a broadly Weberian kind to the understanding of ancient Greek civilization. Anyone inclined to take the historical dimension of ethics seriously will welcome this detailed case study of the interactions between politics, sociology, and moral theory in classical Greek culture."--Brad Inwood, University of Toronto

"This is as sociologically and culturally deep and thorough a work on ancient Greek life and thought, up through the Hellenistic period, as one can find in the literature. I found it an enjoyable, at times fascinating, work to read." -- Randall Collins, University of California, Riverside

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