A Companion to Ancient Greek Government (Blackwell

This entire quantity info the diversity of constitutions and kinds of governing our bodies within the historical Greek world.

• a set of unique scholarship on old Greek governing buildings and institutions
• Explores the a number of manifestations of nation motion during the Greek world
• Discusses the evolution of presidency from the Archaic Age to the Hellenistic interval, old typologies of presidency, its quite a few branches, rules and techniques and geographical regions of governance
• Creates a distinct synthesis at the spatial and memorial connotations of presidency by means of combining the most recent institutional examine with more moderen tendencies in cultural scholarship

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The shortcomings of an overtly constitutionalist approach in this endeavor are, realistically, limited. The same goes for the implicit dangers of an underdeveloped concept of institutions and institutionalized state action. The objective here is to bring meaning to government in the Hellenic setting rather than projecting modern meanings onto the ancient paradigm. The history of Greek government (like that of any other government through time and space) is one of a specific political culture and of a particular political experience.

Contrary to what is sometimes stated, attachment to place seems to have been a primary component of civic self-identification. In assessing the state-like aspect of the polis, some working definition of the state is in order, not least because it has been argued that the Greek polis was essentially a stateless society (Berent 1996). As Mogens Hansen (2002) points out, the concept of the “stateless society” was not originally formulated in contradistinction to definitions of the Early Modern state, but in contrast to what Myer Fortes and Edward Evans-Pritchard (1940) termed “primitive states,” as represented by the Zulu or the Bayankole of Africa.

The fact that one of three new phylai was designated for descendants of the original settlers from Thera and the perioikoi seems to indicate that the latter had recently been incorporated within the Kyrenean citizen body. It may even be that the reforms of Kleisthenes of Sikyon's homonymous grandson, which replaced the original four Athenian phylai with ten new tribes, was partly designed to integrate newly enrolled citizens from rural communities in southern and eastern Attika (Anderson 2000; Anderson 2003: 123–146; Hall 2007: 218–225).

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