The Origins of Radical Criminology

From Homer to Pre-Socratic Philosophy

  • Stratos¬†Georgoulas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stratos Georgoulas
    Pages 1-10
  3. Stratos Georgoulas
    Pages 41-66
  4. Stratos Georgoulas
    Pages 67-74
  5. Stratos Georgoulas
    Pages 75-106
  6. Stratos Georgoulas
    Pages 107-135
  7. Stratos Georgoulas
    Pages 137-173
  8. Stratos Georgoulas
    Pages 175-177
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 179-182

About this book


This book critically explores the development of radical criminology through a range of written Ancient Greek works including epic and lyrical poetry, drama and philosophy, across different chapters. It traces the development of political power and the concepts of law, legitimacy, crime, justice and deviance in the Ancient Greek world and the political struggles that propelled that development, using the conflict perspective as a conceptual tool of the sociological analysis of reality. Theoretical discussions of crime and justice typically stem from the better known works of Plato or Aristotle although this book explores the works preceding these. This book will appeal to those interested in the (pre)history of criminology and the historical production of criminological knowledge.


deviance history of crime historical criminology Hesiod lyric poetry greek drama sophists greek literature social conflict philosophy political power crime and politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Stratos¬†Georgoulas
    • 1
  1. 1.SociologyUniversity of the AegeanMytileneGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94751-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94752-5
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