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Alternatives to AthensVarieties of Political Organization and Community in Ancient Greece$
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Roger Brock and Stephen Hodkinson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258109

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258109.001.0001

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The ‘Kings’ of Lycia in the Achaemenid Period

The ‘Kings’ of Lycia in the Achaemenid Period

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Alternatives to Athens


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This chapter examines the political structures in Lycia. It shows that the dynamic in Lycia in many ways parallel to that of the ‘non-polis’ communities in Greece. Lycia seems to have been confronting many of the same questions of the relationship between the city and larger regional political bodies. The Lycians certainly arrived at the same solution — the ultimate emergence in the hellenistic period of a representative confederacy — one that persisted into the Roman period, as the best means of reconciling traditional Lycian nationhood with their new identity as citizens of poleis.

Keywords:   Lycia, poleis, non-polis communities

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