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By Roger Brock, Stephen Hodkinson

ISBN-10: 0198152205

ISBN-13: 9780198152200

This quantity includes eighteen essays by means of demonstrated and more youthful historians that learn non-democratic replacement political platforms and ideologies--oligarchies, monarchies, combined constitutions--along with various types of communal and local institutions akin to ethnoi, amphiktyonies, and confederacies. The papers, which span the size and breadth of the Hellenic global spotlight the substantial political flexibility and variety of historic Greek civilization.

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Communities other than the polis: ethn»e and ethnos-states Besides a plurality of constitutional patterns within the polis, Greek antiquity also possessed various di·erent kinds of communities, of which the polis was only one form. One important form of community was the ethnos (plural, ethn»e), which features in the second part of this volume. In terms of geographical area, an ethnos typically embraced a broad region of Greece such as those studied in this volume, Achaea, Arcadia, Macedonia, Thessaly.

8. 89. 3 on the capacity of oligarchs to laugh o· even defeat in democratic elections because it was not at the hands of their peers. Nevertheless, many of the Athenian e‹ lite clearly opted out of democratic politics: L. B. Carter (1986) chs. 1–3. For ‘proportional equality’ see Harvey (1965–6); for isonomia (‘political equality’) in oligarchic ideology see Cartledge (2000); for the battle of ideology see Brock (1991). 20 Roger Brock and Stephen Hodkinson and be more relaxed about iteration, or even life tenure, which—it could be argued—allowed poleis to retain competent men in o¶ce and benefit from the expertise they had acquired, something Athenian democracy regarded as potentially dangerous.

2. 11–19)—which made their operation, at least in terms of foreign policy-making, closer to that of hegemonial leagues. James Roy’s paper deals with another mainland Greek confederacy, the Arcadian confederacy of the 360s, which (in alliance with the Boeotian confederacy) played an important, if short-lived, role in the demise of Sparta. The confederacy, as in several other regions, built upon the prior existence of an Arcadian ethnic identity, which is attested already by the fifth century but had not previously been translated into any common political organization.

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