An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis by Mogens Herman Hansen, Thomas Heine Nielsen

By Mogens Herman Hansen, Thomas Heine Nielsen

This can be the 1st lexicon of all identifiable Greek urban states of the Archaic and Classical sessions (c.650-325 BC). in this time, the jap Mediterranean was once ruled by means of Greeks who shared an identification according to language, faith, and traditions; despite the fact that, the Greek global was once divided politically into a few 1,500 urban states, every one including an city heart with its fast hinterland. This publication comprises descriptions of 1,035 of those urban states, equipped zone via zone.

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Fur6 For a more elaborate version of this definition, see 30 infra. 7 For the Mycenaean origin of the Greek polis, see Dr•ogem•uller (1970) 487– 92; Thomas (1981) 32–35 (but see next note) and van E·enterre (1985) 27–28 et passim. g. Snodgrass (1980) 28–32 and his review of van E·enterre (1985) in Snodgrass (1986) 263–65. Thomas and Conant (1999) xxvi–xxvii. As regards political structure, Thomas is now inclined to emphasise the di·erences between the Mycenaean state and the polis of the Archaic and Classical periods.

Mykalessos may well have been a polis in the eyes of the Greeks, although it is not a city-state in the eyes of a modern historian. In order to avoid paradoxical statements of the type that a certain settlement though called a polis was not a polis, we suggest that the two terms polis and “city-state” should be kept apart and not used indiscriminately. The term polis should be restricted to the Greeks’ own understanding of what a polis was, whereas the term “city-state” should be used only when we discuss modern historical analyses of ancient Greek society.

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