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Antiquity and Modernity

ISBN: 978-1-4443-0512-8
200 pages
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The nature, faults and future of modern civilization and how these connect to the past are tackled in this broad-reaching volume.
  • Presents a study of modernity that examines classical influences
  • Incorporates political, economic, social, and psychological theories
  • Highlights writings from a wide range of thinkers, including Adam Smith, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Weber, and Freud
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Preface.

Note on References.

1. Untimely Knowledge.

2. The Great Transformation: ancient and modern economics.

3. Before Alienation: the classical critique of modern society.

4. An Aesthetic Education: the failings of modern culture.

5. History as Nightmare: conceptions of progress and decline.

6. Allusion and Appropriation: the rhetorical uses of antiquity.

Bibliography of Sources.

Bibliography.

Index of Persons.

Index of Subjects

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Neville Morley is Professor of Ancient Economic History and Historical Theory at the University of Bristol. Previous publications include Metropolis and Hinterland: The City of Rome and the Italian Economy (1996), Writing Ancient History (1999), Theories, Models and Concepts in Ancient History (2004), and Trade in Classical Antiquity (2007).
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  • Presents a study of modernity that examines classical influences
  • Incorporates political, economic, social, and psychological theories
  • Highlights writings from a wide range of thinkers, including Adam Smith, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Weber, and Freud
See More
"Morley's wide-ranging and ambitious study subjects the mythology of 'modernity' to an incisive critique. This provocative and original book asserts the persistent significance of concepts of antiquity in underpinning the most quintessentially and self-consciously 'modern' disciplines of economics and sociology."
Catharine Edwards, Birkbeck College

"Morley's study opens a fascinating window onto the history of the shifting ideas of antiquity and the correlative sciences of modernity – onto the ever-changing and still ongoing dilemma of their mutual dependency. Probing the uncertain 'logic of modernity,' Morley obliges us to ask whether, if we have never been modern, was antiquity ever ancient? This is a much-needed reassessment of the classical European traditions of economic, sociological, and political theory."
James I. Porter, University of Michigan

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