Polis: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-State

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Overview


From antiquity until the nineteenth century, there have been two types of state: macro-states, each dotted with a number of cities, and regions broken up into city-states, each consisting of an urban center and its hinterland. A region settled with interacting city-states constituted a city-state culture and Polis opens with a description of the concepts of city, state, city-state, and city-state culture, and a survey of the 37 city-state cultures so far identified.

Mogens Herman Hansen provides a thoroughly accessible introduction to the polis (plural: poleis), or ancient Greek city-state, which represents by far the largest of all city-state cultures. He addresses such topics as the emergence of the polis, its size and population, and its political organization, ranging from famous poleis such as Athens and Sparta through more than 1,000 known examples.

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"This book will help those venturing for the first time outside of the Athenocentric realm of polis-studies; it provides an overview and introduction to comparative studies in the city-state and 'city-state culture.'" --Classical Outlook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199208500
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,347,809
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mogens Herman Hansen is Reader in Classics at Copenhagen University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. City-States in World History
1. Cities, City-States and City-State Cultures
2. A Sketch of the 37 Identified City-State Cultures
3. 'Country-States' versus City-State Cultures
II. The City-State Culture in Ancient Greece
Introduction
4. The Unity of the City-State Culture of Ancient Greece
5. The Rise of the Ancient Greek City-State Culture
6. The End of the City-State Culture in Ancient Greece
7. How Poleis Arose and Disappeared
8. What is a Polis? An Investigation of the Concept of 'Polis'
9. The Polis as City and State
10. Polis as City
11. The Settlement Pattern of the Ancient Greek City-States
12. The Size and Population of the Cities
13. The Demography of the Ancient Greek City-State Culture
14. The Economy of the Cities: Max Weber's 'Ideal Type'
15. Polis as City in the Archaic Period
16. The Greek Conception of Polis as a City with a Hinterland
17. Polis as State
18. Army
19. Religion
20. State and Society
21. Civil War (Stasis)
22. Relationships between Poleis
23. The Hellenistic Poleis
III. Conclusion
24. The Polis Compared with Other City-State Cultures

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