Jussi Backman, Antonio Cimino

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In the introduction to the volume, the editors explain the overarching aim of the volume and contextualize the main themes of its chapters. Even if the notions of biopolitics and biopower have played a crucial role in philosophy, the humanities, and the social sciences over the last decades, they have been used in various and at times diverging senses, which has also produced different narratives about the history of biopolitics. The main aim of the volume is to clarify whether and to what extent the concept of biopolitics is applicable to antiquity. To answer such questions, the chapters collected in the volume address three main topics, namely the possible presence of biopolitical discourse in ancient thought, the extent to which the application of a biopolitical approach to ancient thought requires qualifications, and some influential contemporary interpretations of the relation between biopolitics and antiquity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiopolitics and Ancient Thought
EditorsJussi Backman, Antonio Cimino
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780191939518
ISBN (Print)9780192847102
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameClassics in Theory
PublisherOxford University Press


  • political philosophy
  • history of political philosophy
  • ancient political philosophy
  • Michel Foucault
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Giorgio Agamben
  • Antonio Negri
  • Michael Hardt
  • Roberto Esposito
  • biopolitics
  • biopower
  • governmentality
  • Mika Ojakangas


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