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Greek Multicity States

Ian Morris

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/9780195188318.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Greek Multicity States

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This chapter, which explores the history of multi-city states in ancient Greece during the archaic and classical periods, explains that leaders of small city-states were forced to attempt to establish multi-city states because of increasing competition for scarce resources in an age of expanding population and pressures from neighboring cities. It analyzes why these attempts failed, arguing that it is more fruitful to consider state formation as an ongoing process of structural change than as a one-time event.

Keywords: multi-city states; ancient Greece; scarce resources; expanding population; state formation; archaic period; classical period

Article.  11594 words. 

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

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