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This book argues that pre-modern societies were characterized by a common quest for human flourishing or excellence, i.e. virtue. The history of virtue is a particularly fruitful approach when studying pre-modern periods. Systems of moral philosophy and more day-to-day moral ideas and practices in which virtue was central were incredibly important in pre-modern societies within and among diverse scholarly, literary, religious and social communities. Virtue was a cornerstone of pre-modern societies, permeating society in many different ways, and on many different levels, and it was conveyed in erudite and pedagogical texts, ritual, performance and images. The construction of virtues such as wisdom, courage, and justice helped shape identities and communities, but also served to legitimize and reinforce differences pertaining to gender, social hierarchies, and nations. On a more fundamental level, studying the history of virtue helps us understand the guiding principles of historical action. Thus, we believe that the history of virtue is central to understanding these societies, and that the history of virtue, including criticisms of virtue and virtue ethics, tells us important things about how men and women thought and acted in ages past.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction
  2. Andreas Hellerstedt
  3. pp. 9-36
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  1. Eustratius of Nicaea as a source for the Neoplatonist notion of levels of virtue in the Early Latin commentators on the Nicomachean Ethics
  2. Erik Eliasson
  3. pp. 37-58
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  1. Teaching virtue through the law: Justice and royal authority in Giles of Rome’s De regimine principum (c.1280)
  2. Biörn Tjällén
  3. pp. 59-78
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  1. The tree and its fruit: The problem of good deeds in the Swedish Reformation
  2. Mari Eyice
  3. pp. 79-96
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  1. Fostering civic virtue: Johannes Messenius and Swedish school drama
  2. Tania Preste
  3. pp. 97-112
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  1. Dancing virtue: Educational aspects of Queen Christina’s court ballets
  2. Stefano Fogelberg Rota
  3. pp. 113-134
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  1. The path to virtue: Dancing the education of Achilles and the Nereids
  2. Kristine Kolrud
  3. pp. 135-178
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  1. Virtue and duty: Academic moral discourse in seventeenth-century Sweden
  2. Bo Lindberg
  3. pp. 179-206
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  1. The Royal Rhetor: Princely and common virtues in the operas and plays of Gustavus III
  2. Jennie Nell
  3. pp. 207-252
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  1. Antagonistic parents in Frances Brooke’s The Old Maid and The History of Julia Mandeville
  2. Michaela Vance
  3. pp. 253-280
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  1. Cracks in the mirror: Changing conceptions of political virtue in mirrors for princes in Scandinavia from the Middle Ages to c.1700
  2. Andreas Hellerstedt
  3. pp. 281-328
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-334
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048535101
Related ISBN(s)
9789462984448
MARC Record
OCLC
1051222081
Pages
374
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-31
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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