P. J. Rhodes

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI:

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Stasis (lit. ‘standing’), a Greek word commonly used for a group of men who take a stand in a political dispute, i.e. a party or faction, and by extension for the dispute itself, especially when the prosecution of the dispute goes beyond normal political activity to plotting and violence. The grounds for political dispute could be various, in the Greek world as in the modern, but from the 5th cent. bce onwards there was a tendency for disputants to represent themselves, and for the sources to represent them, as champions of the rich or the poor, or of the oligarchs or the democrats, or of one outside power or another. *Herodotus (1) writes of the rise of *Pisistratus in 6th-cent. *Athens in terms of three staseis with regional bases (1. 59. 3); later sources retain the regional bases for the staseis but give them ideological stances also (e.g. Ath.

Article.  328 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Law

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