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September 21, 2007 The Ancient Greek polis Origins o Word polis (plural poleis): perhaps connected with polus “many” Ancient Greek city-state; basis of political/social identity Fundamental break in community organization from BA palaces “To live outside a polis, one must be either an animal or a god.” – Aristotle Ta Politika (Politics) o Possible models: loosely federated, self-governing city-states Phoenicians: Sidon, Tyre, Carthage, colonies (including on Crete) Etruscans: EIA city-states in area around Rome Colonization: demands conscious reflection on Governing institutions City planning o Early ex: Megara Hyblaia in Sicily o Necessary conditions Demography: differentiation of labor; surpluses for trade; leisure time Similar conditions across Greece favor formation of similar institutions Critical moment: 8 th century (800-700 BCE, the “Greek Renaissance”) Physical features o Basic characteristics Population: ~500 to a few thousand; average a few thousand
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course CLA 2100 taught by Professor Marks during the Fall '07 term at University of Florida.

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