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In and Out of the City

Barbara Goff

in Citizen Bacchae

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520239982
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520239982.003.0004
In and Out of the City

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One of the substantial characteristics of “citizenship” was its restriction to certain groups of inhabitants. Whatever the permutations of governance envisaged by Greek constitutions, none of them proposed a wholesale enfranchisement. Governance was usually conducted without reference to groups such as the poor, the low-born, and resident aliens (metics), but almost always without reference to slaves or to women. Recent work on Greek discourses of participation in the city has moved away from a legalistic or institutional definition of “citizenship” and relies increasingly on the notion of “civic ideology,” which involves a “holistic” view of the city as a set of interrelated practices in the fields of politics, law, economics, religion, art, and domestic life.

Keywords: metics; inhabitants; citizenship; civic ideology; domestic life

Chapter.  32282 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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