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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.


The Sophists

  1. Protagoras Fragments
  2. Antiphon Fragments

The Early Historians

  1. Herodotus Selections
  2. Thucydides Selections




  1. De Re Publica Selections

St. Augustine

  1. The City of God Selections

St. Thomas Aquinas

Medieval Islamic Philosophers

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

Niccolo Machiavelli