ISBN-10:
0199208506
ISBN-13:
9780199208500
Pub. Date:
11/30/2006
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Polis: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-State

Polis: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-State

by Mogens Herman Hansen

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Overview

Polis: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-State

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.

Product Details

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

About the Author

Mogens Herman Hansen is Reader in Classics at Copenhagen University.

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Introduction

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