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J. Peter Euben is research professor of political science and classical studies and Kenan Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Duke University.
Karen Bassi is professor of classics in Clowell College at University of California Santa Cruz.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Part 2 Part One: Classics
Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Origins, Culture, and Identity in Classical Antiquity
Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Greece of the East: Philhellenism in Imperial Japan
Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Philhellenism, Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism
Chapter 6 Chapter 4.The Materiality of Classical Studies
Part 7 Part Two: Politics
Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Making Prometheus Speak: Dialogue, Torture, and the Power of Secrets in Prometheus Bound
Chapter 9 Chapter 6. For Love of the Impossible: Antigone, Memory, and the Politics of Possibility
Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Athens' Tale of Two Cities: Themistocles, Theseus, and the Construction of "Place" in Fifth-Century Athens
Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Thucydides in Baghdad
Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Before Race: Theorizing Athenian Citizen Identity
Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Comedy, the Ordinary Citizen, and the Salvation of the City
Part 14 Part Three: Culture
Chapter 15 Chapter 11. Gender and the City: Antigone from Hegel to Butler and Back
Chapter 16 Chapter 12. The Comparative Politics of Travel: Theôria, Talab al-'Ilm and the Search for Knowledge
Chapter 17 Chapter 13. Socrates, Palamedes, and the Trials of Philosophy
Chapter 18 Chapter 14. Body, Soul, and Medical Analogy in Plato
Chapter 19 Chapter 15. Men completely wild in appearance and way oflife: Fauns, Satyrs, Androgynes, Ichtyophages, Hippopodes, Sciopodes, Himantipodes, [and] Cyclopes
Chapter 20 Chapter 16. Suppliant Women and the Democratic State: White Men Saving Brown Women from Brown Men
Anyone who has doubted the value of antiquity for the twenty-first century will come away from this book a true believer in the relevance of classics to the most pressing contemporary concerns. Far from offering easy solutions or facile analogies, When Worlds Elide boldly critiques classics itself in relation to nationalism, elites, material culture, and the structure of the university. This is a must-read resource—lucid, complex and exciting—for those interested in abiding questions: What makes a community? Who should lead? What is ethical? How do we reconcile money and political ambition?
— Richard P. Martin, Stanford University
This exciting collection, with its stellar list of contributors, sets a bold agenda for the interdisciplinary study of classics and politics in the twenty-first century. It proves that it is indeed possible to conjoin theoretical insight with erudition and a passionate commitment to the enduring significance of Greek antiquity.
— Josiah Ober, Stanford University