Political Philosophy: Ancient to Renaissance

This is a textbook to a course in Early Political Philosophy or Early Political Theory. It consists of selections from original source material which are prefaced by historical and critical introductions and annotated.


  1. Preface
  2. Maps of Places of Interest

The Sophists

  1. Protagoras Fragments
  2. Antiphon Fragments

The Early Historians

  1. Herodotus Selections
  2. Thucydides Selections


  1. The Euthyphro
  2. The Meno
  3. The Apology
  4. The Republic
  5. The Laws


  1. The Nicomachean Ethics Selections
  2. The Politics


  1. De Re Publica Selections

St. Augustine

  1. The City of God Selections

St. Thomas Aquinas

  1. Summa Theologica Selections
  2. On Kingship

Medieval Islamic Philosophers

  1. Al-Farabi Selections
  2. Avicenna Selections
  3. Aberroes Selections

Niccolo Machiavelli

  1. The Prince
  2. The Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius Selections.