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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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Problems of Democracy in the Arcadian Confederacy 370–362 BC

Problems of Democracy in the Arcadian Confederacy 370–362 BC

(p.308) 18 Problems of Democracy in the Arcadian Confederacy 370–362 BC
Alternatives to Athens


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This chapter examines a case study of a democratic regime operating not in a single polis but in a confederacy, that formed by the several communities which shared a common Arcadian identity but were themselves independent states. The main evidence for democratic tendencies in confederate Arcadia in the 360s is in three elements: the situation in Mantinea and Tegea in 370, when the movement to confederation was launched; the use of the eparitoi to secure democracy; and foreign policy. Not enough is known about the confederate constitution to draw conclusions from it alone; but, if the Myrioi are accepted as a primary assembly, the form of the confederate constitution suits democracy well enough.

Keywords:   democratic regime, democracy, Arcadia, confederacy, Myrioi

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