Warfare has long been central to a proper understanding of ancient Greece and Rome, worlds where war was, as the philosopher Heraclitus observed, ‘both king and father of all’. More recently, however, the understanding of Classical antiquity solely in such terms has been challenged; it is recognised that while war was pervasive, and a key concern in the narratives of ancient historians, a concomitant desire for peace was also constant. This volume places peace in the prime position as a panel of scholars stresses the importance of ‘peace’ as a positive concept in the ancient world (and not just the absence of, or necessarily even related to, war), and considers examples of conflict resolution, conciliation, and concession from Homer to Augustine. Comparing and contrasting theories and practice across different periods and regions, this collection highlights, first, the open and dynamic nature of peace, and then seeks to review a wide variety of initiatives from across the Classical world.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part |117 pages
Imagining peace in the ancient world
chapter 4|22 pages
(What’s so funny ’bout) peace, love, and understanding?
chapter 5|20 pages
Reconciliation in later Classical and post-Classical Greek cities
part |84 pages
Establishing peace in the ancient world
chapter 11|18 pages
Once an ally, always an ally
part |89 pages
Instituting peace in the ancient world