By John David Lewis

ISBN-10: 0715634569

ISBN-13: 9780715634561

ISBN-10: 0715637282

ISBN-13: 9780715637289

In Solon the Thinker, John Lewis provides the speculation that Solon observed Athens as a self-governing, self-supporting approach reminiscent of the early Greek conceptions of the cosmos. Solon's polis features no longer via divine intervention yet by means of its personal inner power, that is based at the highbrow overall healthiness of its humans, depends on their attractiveness of justice and moderation as orderly norms of existence, and results in the rejection of tyranny and slavery in favour of freedom. yet Solon's naturalistic perspectives are restricted; in his personal existence everybody is topic to the arbitrary foibles of moira, the inscrutable destiny that governs human lifestyles, and that brings us to an unknowable yet inevitable dying. Solon represents either the hot rational, medical spirit that was once sweeping the Aegean - and a go back to the fatalism that permeated Greek highbrow existence.

This first paperback variation encompasses a new appendix of translations of the fragments of Solon via the author.

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