By Philippe Nemo
Presents a context for realizing today’s large states via tracing the origins of political suggestion from the earliest prestates via next eras, together with the philosophers and thinkers of the Greek city-state, Roman legislation, and the Christian Gospels; Nemo extra examines the effect on political association that extends from canon legislation and the impression of diverse Christian thinkers.
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Acts of piracy and raids are no longer the sole means of acquiring goods. In addition to the great Homeric “figures” and warrior heroes, there are also wise counselors with fine intellectual and “political” skills: for example, the old Nestor, king of Pylos. Even Achilles and Agamemnon appear at times to distance themselves from hero morality concerned only with war and death. ” In these nonheroic figures, and in the ambiguous features of the heroes themselves, we detect the emergence of a new morality, the morality of the citizen (this is even more marked in Hesiod).
The leaders of the city, therefore, had to make explicit constitutional issues, which until then had only been implicit and a matter of custom. Likewise, comparisons became possible: this or that type of constitution had been successful here, failed there; such and such detail of organization produced good results here, created snags there. Politics became a matter of expertise, and we now know that cities placed orders for their constitutions with experts. Once the experts completed their investigations and experiments and proposed different solutions, the results became available for other cities needing constitutional changes at home to resolve political crises.
7 See Claude Mossé, La Grèce archaique d’Homère à Eschyle [Archaic Greece from Homer to Aeschylus] (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1984), 38. 5 6 26 Chapter 1. Political Ideas in Greece before Plato power depended on wealth, personal prowess, connexions by marriage and alliance, and retainers. ”8 Agamemnon possesses more than military power. He has a commander’s baton, skêptron (scepters existed already in Sumer). He is the king-bearer of the scepter, skêptroukos. He has dominion over other kings—Nestor, Achilles, Ulysses—who are under obligation to answer his call in the event of war, and if they do not, they owe him compensation.