Cambridge Classical Studies : Performing Citizenship in Plato's Laws, Hardback Book

Cambridge Classical Studies : Performing Citizenship in Plato's Laws Hardback


In the Laws, Plato theorizes citizenship as simultaneously a political, ethical, and aesthetic practice.

His reflection on citizenship finds its roots in a descriptive psychology of human experience, with sentience and, above all, volition seen as the primary targets of a lifelong training in the values of citizenship.

In the city of Magnesia described in the Laws eros for civic virtue is presented as a motivational resource not only within the reach of the 'ordinary' citizen, but also factored by default into its educational system.

Supporting a vision of 'perfect citizenship' based on an internalized obedience to the laws, and persuading the entire polity to consent willingly to it, requires an ideology that must be rhetorically all-inclusive.

In this city 'ordinary' citizenship itself will be troped as a performative action: Magnesia's choral performances become a fundamental channel for shaping, feeling and communicating a strong sense of civic identity and unity.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781107072886



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