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Greek City-States

Mogens Herman Hansen

in The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195188318
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195188318.013.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Greek City-States

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This chapter examines the history of city-states of polis in ancient Greece. It explains that a polis was a strongly institutionalized and centralized micro-state consisting of one city and its immediate hinterland, and that it had an advanced degree of urbanization whereby the majority of the population lived in the urban center. Aside from being the center of habitation, it was also the center of industry and trade, education and entertainment, political institutions, and defense. The chapter furthermore considers the relation between the poleis.

Keywords: city-states; polis; ancient Greece; micro-state; urbanization; industry and trade; urban center; education; political institutions

Article.  9201 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Classical History ; Greek and Roman Law

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