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Federalism in Greek Antiquity

Federalism in Greek Antiquity


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The world of ancient Greece witnessed some of the most sophisticated and varied experiments with federalism in the pre-modern era. In the volatile interstate environment of Greece, federalism was a creative response to the challenge of establishing regional unity, while at the same time preserving a degree of local autonomy. To reconcile the forces of integration and independence, Greek federal states introduced, for example, the notion of proportional representation, the stratification of legal practice, and a federal grammar of festivals and cults. Federalism in Greek Antiquity provides the first comprehensive reassessment of the topic. It comprises detailed contributions on all federal states in Aegean Greece and its periphery. With every chapter written by a leading expert in the field, the book also incorporates thematic sections that place the topic in a broader historical and social-scientific context.

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ISBN-13: 9780521192262
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/05/2015
Pages: 634
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Hans Beck is Professor of Ancient History, John McNaughton Chair of Classics, and Director of Classical Studies in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, Montréal. He is co-author, with John Buckler, of Central Greece and the Politics of Power in the Fourth Century BC (2008), editor of A Companion to Ancient Greek Government (2013) and, co-editor with Antonio Duplá, Martin Jehne and Francisco Pina Polo, of Consuls and Res Publica: Holding High Office in the Roman Republic (2011). In 2015 he won the Anneliese Maier Research Award for his contribution to the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany.

Peter Funke is Professor and Chair of Ancient History and Director of the Institute for Ancient History, the Institute for Epigraphy, and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Cypriote Studies at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster. He is co-editor, with Nino Luraghi, of The Politics of Ethnicity and the Crisis of the Peloponnesian League (2009) and, with Matthias Haake, of Greek Federal States and Their Sanctuaries: Identity and Integration (2013).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to federalism in Greek antiquity Hans Beck and Peter Funke; 2. Federalism and ethnicity Jonathan M. Hall; 3. The community of the Hellenes Lynette G. Mitchell; 4. Akarnania and the Akarnanian League Klaus Freitag; 5. The Aitolian League Peter Funke; 6. The Achaian League Athanassios Rizakis; 7. Boiotia and the Boiotian Leagues Hans Beck and Angela Ganter; 8. The Euboia League - an 'irregular' koinon? Denis Knoepfler; 9. The Lokrians and their federal leagues Giovanna Daverio Rocchi; 10. Phokis Jeremy McInerney; 11. Microfederalism in Central Greece: the Dorians and Oitaians Denis Rousset; 12. The Thessalian League Richard Bouchon and Bruno Helly; 13. The Arkadian Confederacy Thomas Heine Nielsen; 14. Elis (with Akroria and Pisatis) James Roy; 15. Traces of federalism in Messenia Nino Luraghi; 16. Molossia and Epeiros Elizabeth A. Meyer; 17. Federal Makedonia Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos; 18. The Chalkidike and the Chalkidians Michael Zahrnt; 19. Federalism and the sea: the koina of the Aegean Islands Kostas Buraselis; 20. Federalism on Crete: the Cretan koinon and the koinon of the Oreioi Angelos Chaniotis; 21. The Italiote League and Southern Italy Michael P. Fronda; 22. The Lykian League Ralf Behrwald; 23. Federalism in the Kyrenaïka? Alex McAuley; 24. Forerunners of federal states: collaboration and integration through alliance in Archaic and Classical Greece Kurt A. Raaflaub; 25. The Hellenic Leagues of late Classical and Hellenistic times and their place in the history of Greek federalism Bernhard Smarczyk; 26. Peaceful conflict resolution in the world of the federal states Sheila Ager; 27. The economics of federation in the ancient Greek world Emily Mackil; 28. Ancient theoretical reflections on federalism Cinzia Bearzot; 29. Greek federalism, the rediscovery of Polybius, and the framing of the American constitution Gustav Adolf Lehmann.

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