The Greek Tradition in Republican Thought traces the influence of ancient Greek sources on the development of republican theory in Europe and America. It offers a substantial revision of standard narratives of the trajectory of republican political theory from the ancient to the modern world.
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'… a work of enviable accomplishment and great acumen throughout.' John Dunn, King's College, Cambridge
'Nelson's account of More … is supple and elegant … the writing is clear and engaging, a thesis forcefully presented, and close reading of particular texts outlined and provocative assessments made that build on the author's previous work on Machiavelli … Nelson offers a provocative and original interpretation …' History of European Ideas
'… the book has much to commend it. Nelson has written a work that provides a fresh perspective on early modern republican political theory was firmly rooted in central texts of Greek moral and political philosophy has great merit, as long as we keep firmly in mind that this tradition seems to reflect early modern republicans; apparent interpretations of ancient Greek texts … Nelson's book also allows us to consider what he would call 'Greek' elements, which may have had a positive impact on the thought of the American founders … His book provides a fine elucidation of the idea of a 'balance of justice' and egalitarian principles in the distribution of wealth and property in society, which we find in the 'Greek tradition' … Nelson's study should prove to be of enduring value for our understanding of the republican tradition.' Polis
Eric Nelson has been a Research Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. This is his first book.
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