Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

Ancient and Medieval Political Thought Resources

Ancient Political Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Ancient Political Philosophy. Includes general discussion of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Stoicism (in Greece and Rome), Cicero, and links to additional information about each.

Medieval Political Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Medieval Political Philosophy. Includes general discussion of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas' political thought and links to additional information about both.

Introduction to the Athenian Democracy of the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BCE

This essay serves to introduce students to the institutions of the democratic constitution of ancient Athens, during its flowering in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. Its principal purpose is to enable students to compare the Athenian democracy with the system established by the U.S. Constitution. It will serve equally well to meet the needs of anyone who is interested in the Athenian democracy for its own sake. The essay assumes no prior background knowledge about the Athenian system.

Chronology of the Historical Socrates

A detailed chronology of the life, trial, and execution of Socrates in the context of significant events and persons in fifth century BCS Athenian history.

General Political Theory Resources

Some Scattered Suggestions on Reading in College

Timothy Burke, professor of history at Swarthmore College, offers suggestions about how to read when professors assign more reading than any student can possibly plough through.

7 Strategies for Reading Difficult Texts

Some useful suggestions on reading theoretical texts from Michaele Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Colorado.

Some Notes on Writing Political Theory

Helpful suggestions from Mika LaVaque-Manty, professor of political science at the University of Michigan, about how to write papers for political theory classes.

Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay

Thoughts from Timothy Burke on how to avoid common errors and how to write more interesting essays. Although intended primarily for students writing history papers, Burke's suggestions are helpful for anyone writing undergraduate papers.

A Brief Guide to (Avoiding) Plagiarism

Pretty much what it sounds like.