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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 Pre-polis Polis

The Pre-polis Polis

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Alternatives to Athens


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This chapter considers what was going on in ancient Greece three hundred years before there was any democracy. It shows that just as you could succeed without monarchy, so you could get on without groups of basileia congregating at out-of-the-way cult places. The model of the polis did not always win the tug-of-war — the continuing role of ethnē in many parts of Greece is tribute to the continuing attractions of keeping in with your neighbours, but the pre-polis polis had had its day.

Keywords:   polis, democracy, Greece, basileia

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