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- Pericles' Funeral Oration, Thucydides
(c.460/455-399 BCE), Peloponnesian War (Book 2.34-46) Homage to
the political ideals of ancient Athens.
Plato (~360 BCE) Laid out the elements of an ideal political
Plato (~360 BCE) Socrates defends himself before the court of Athens.
- Crito, Plato
(~360 BCE) Socrates explains his decision to accept death rather than
- Phaedo, Plato
(~360 BCE) Socrates discusses the duties of citizens to the state.
- Laws, Plato
(~348 BCE) Model laws for a republic, including sortition and
- Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (~350
BCE) Laid out the moral foundations of society.
- Politics, Aristotle (~350 BCE)
Laid out the alternative forms of government.
Athenian Constitution, Aristotle (~350 BCE) Relates history of
experiments with various forms of government.
from Polybius, (~200 BCE) History and constitution of the Roman
from Cicero, (~52 BCE) Discusses principles of natural right as
the foundation of law.
- Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Plutarch (~75) See especially the lives of Solon, Lycurgus, Pericles, Marcus Cato, and Cato the Younger.
Epictetus (~101) Discusses principles of liberty and natural right.
from Tacitus, (~110) Ancient customs and laws.
Latin Library The Latin classics in Latin.