PrefaceAbbreviationsIntroduction3Ch. 1The Problem of Dissent: Criticism as Contest14Ch. 2Public Speech and Brute Fact: Thucydides52Ch. 3Essence and Enactment: Aristophanes Ecclesiazusae122Ch. 4Justice, Knowledge, Power: Plato Apology, Crito, Gorgias, Republic156Ch. 5Eloquence, Leadership, Memory: Isocrates Antidosis and Areopagiticus248Ch. 6Political Animals, Actual Citizens, and the Best Possible Polis: Aristotle Politics290Ch. 7The Dialectics of Dissent: Criticism as Dialogue352Bibliography375Index Locorum403General Index409
Josiah Ober is the David Magie Class of 1897 Professor of Classics and a member for the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His books include The Athenian Revolution, Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens, and Dxmokratia (edited with Charles Hedrick). All three books are available from Princeton.
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