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The Greek <i>Koinon</i>

Emily Mackil

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/9780195188318.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 The Greek Koinon

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This chapter examines the history of the koinon, a form of regional state in ancient Greece comprised of multiple poleis and in some instances other forms of community, and characterized by the division of sovereignty among the regional government and its constituent communities. It explains that the koinon was a remarkably widespread phenomenon and that almost of mainland Greece and the Peloponnese became part of a koinon. The chapter suggests that the koinon arose amidst a world of poleis against a background of strong group identities and that its nature was profoundly altered in the process of the Roman conquest of Greece in the second century.

Keywords: koinon; ancient Greece; multiple poleis; regional government; division of sovereignty; Greece; Peloponnese; group identities

Article.  9418 words. 

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

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