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Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Edited by Paraskevi Martzavou and Nikolaos Papazarkadas

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745935 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652143.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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This volume illustrates the multiple ways in which epigraphy enables historical analysis of the postclassical polis (city-state) across a world of geographically dispersed poleis: from the Black Sea and Asia Minor to Sicily via the Aegean and mainland Greece. The book looks at themes such as the modes of interaction between polis and ruling powers, the construction of ethnic and social identity, interstate and civil conflict and its resolution, social economics, institutional processes and privileges, polis representations, ethics, and, not least, religious phenomena. The chapters range from ‘hard epigraphy’ to sophisticated conceptual studies of aspects of the postclassical polis, and approach the inscriptions both as textual objects and as artefacts. The aim of this volume is to identify the postclassical polis both as a reality and as a constructed concept, not only a monolithic block, but a result of tension in the exercise of different kinds of powers. The chapters in this collective volume show that the postclassical polis, both as a reality and as a representation, is the result of negotiations, ancient and modern; and they also illustrate how much of our understanding of the polis is built on patient, painstaking work on the inscriptions.

Keywords: conflict; Epigraphy; ethics; hard epigraphy; identity; polis; religious phenomena; representations; social economics

Book.  400 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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Introduction: Epigraphy and the <i>Polis</i> in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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Τὰ τῶν ἐμποριτῶν φιλάνθρωπα: in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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Alexander, Priene, and Naulochon in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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An Arbitration Concerning Lampsakos and Parion in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman Age in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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The Ideology of Public Subscriptions in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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Romulus and Remus at Chios Revisited: A Re-examination of <i>SEG</i> XXX 1073 in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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The Victor’s Return, and the Categories of Games in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

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