Political Theory/Ancient Greece

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Origins: Many of the ancient Greek political theorists form the basis for a great deal of modern Western political theory. It is important to understand the initial beliefs of ancient Greeks, especially around the fifth century BC. During this time, the Homeric epics held a place in Greek society equivalent to what the Bible holds in some modern societies. They were stories which every Greek knew. The words of the gods control the fates of armies in those epics, and so the societies of ancient Greece built their laws around their perceptions of gods' law or nomos (Greek).