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By Christopher B. Krebs

ISBN-10: 0393062651

ISBN-13: 9780393062656

Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss ebook Award

"A version of well known highbrow heritage. . . . In each way, A most deadly Book is a so much tremendous achievement."--Washington Post

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little publication concerning the historic Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis might extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy prior to the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this dependent and alluring background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard college, strains the wide-ranging effect of the Germania, revealing how an historical textual content rose to take its position one of the most deadly books on the planet.

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2 2 . 2 6 5 c ) , he w a s bitterly satirised for preferring a silver o r b to the o r b o f h e a v e n (Anthologia Ideals of Palatina. 292). kingship T h e distaste o f m o s t philosophers after A r i s t o t l e for political questions has a ready historical e x p l a n a t i o n . T h e scope o f political theorists w a s n o l o n g e r w h a t it had been. 'Politics' m e a n t p r o p e r l y the study o f things to d o w i t h the polis, a city-state small e n o u g h , as A r i s t o t l e had p o i n t e d o u t (Pol.

61— c. 112) and D i o C h r y s o s t o m (c. 40— c. 112) b o t h speak in this w a y o f T r a j a n . 1 5 A n d the c o n c e p t c o u l d serve, w i t h o u t m o r e a d o , a Christian a c c o u n t o f a Christian e m p e r o r . Greece, Rome and absolute monarchy Political t h e o r y after A r i s t o t l e w a s n o t , h o w e v e r , c o n c e r n e d e x c l u s i v e l y w i t h the i d e o l o g y o f k i n g s h i p , any m o r e than the political history o f the ancient w o r l d after A l e x a n d e r w a s e x c l u s i v e l y a story o f k i n g d o m s .

T h a t w a s Seneca's a p p r o a c h t o N e r o in the De Clementia. the princeps Its theoretical implications clashed w i t h the c o n c e p t o f as the h o l d e r o f p o w e r vested in h i m f r o m b e l o w , b y Senate and people. T h e Hellenistic ruler d e r i v e d his l e g i t i m a t i o n f r o m a b o v e , as the delegate o r e v e n the incarnation o f G o d o n earth. B u t that, m o r e and m o r e , w a s the style w h i c h the e m p e r o r a d o p t e d , as his p o w e r increased and the role o f the Senate declined.

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