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By Jon Hesk

This publication, first released in 2000, is a full-length examine of the illustration of deceit and lies in classical Athens. Dr Hesk strains the ways that Athenian drama, democratic oratory and elite prose-writing build and theorize a courting among dishonesty and civic identification. He specializes in the ideology of army trickery, notions of the 'noble lie' and the constructing institutions of rhetorical language with misleading verbal exchange. Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens combines shut research of Athenian texts with energetic evaluations of contemporary theorists and classical students. Athenian democratic tradition used to be crucially educated by means of a nuanced, nervous and dynamic discourse at the difficulties and possibilities which deception offered for its citizenry. Mobilizing comparisons with twentieth-century democracies, the writer argues that Athenian literature made deception a primary challenge for democratic citizenship. This old discourse on mendacity highlights the risks of recent resignation and postmodern complacency in regards to the politics and morality of deception.

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