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Wisdom from the ancients : enduring business lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the illustrious leaders of ancient Greece and Rome
Figueira, Thomas J.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Perseus Pub., [2001]

Physical Description:
xii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
Reading Level:
1280 Lexile.
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Ancient Greece, the culture that brought us democracy, philosophy, comedy and tragedy, and the Olympic Games, and ancient Rome, best known for its military prowess, technological achievements, and imperial administration, are justly renowned for their contributions to Western civilization. Wisdom from the Ancients brings alive for today's managers the timeless insights of such larger-than-life figures as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Trajan, Pericles, and dozens of other colourful and enigmatic leaders. Through direct quotations of ancient texts, engaging commentary, and period art, the authors illuminate the strategies and tactics that have withstood the test of time-from leadership and delegation to managing conflict to effective and persuasive communication.

Author Notes

Thomas J. Figueira is a professor of Classics and Ancient History at Rutgers University. T. Corey Brennan is an associate professor in Classics at Rutgers. Rachel Hall Sternberg is Chairperson of the Department of Classical Studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

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Booklist Review

If you think "business philosophy" is an oxymoron, then settle into a comfortable seat and enlighten yourself with this book, which is a portable trove of information on business wisdom. From Aristotle's view of consulting to Cicero's comments that relate to profit motive, the compilers use quotes from the classical literature of the ancient Greeks and add contemporary explanations that assist in reinforcing the meanings. They often recount concepts that may have been tried and tested long ago. Written for the average reader, this book is not a dry historical tome that may be concise but nevertheless difficult to follow. To the contrary, the compilers take the reader on an enjoyable exploration of business theories and practices for the workplace, and they prove that classics can continue to educate even in today's world. --Eileen Hardy

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 Leadershipp. 1
2 Building and Losing Constituenciesp. 25
3 Consulting and Decisionmakingp. 53
4 Strategyp. 77
5 Competitionp. 89
6 Collegiality and Teamworkp. 100
7 Risk Takingp. 111
8 Recognizing Opportunityp. 127
9 Communicationp. 141
10 Management-Employee Relationsp. 153
11 Motivationp. 167
12 Hiring and Firingp. 181
13 Delegationp. 191
14 Handling Success and Coping with Mistakesp. 204
Significant Ancient Avthors and Historical Figuresp. 213
Important Datesp. 219
Indexp. 229