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Defining Citizenship in Archaic Greece

Alain Duplouy and Roger W. Brock


Citizenship is a major feature of contemporary national and international politics. It is also a legacy of ancient Greece. The concept of membership of a community appeared in Greece some three millennia ago as a participation in the social and political life of small-scale communities, but only towards the end of the fourth century BC did Aristotle offer the first explicit statement about it. Though long accepted, the Aristotelian definition remains deeply rooted in the philosophical and political thought of the classical period, but it probably fails to account accurately for the previous ce ... More

Keywords: Ancient Greece, Greek city, citizenship, ancient political thought, community, membership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817192
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alain Duplouy, editor
Reader in Greek Archaeology, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Roger W. Brock, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Leeds