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The traditional Greco-Roman international was once an international of citie, in a particular feel of groups during which nation-state used to be ruled by way of city centre.This quantity of papers written through influential archaeologists and historians seeks to assemble the 2 disciplines in exploring the city-country courting.

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The Mycenaeans probably had a word ‘ptolis’, but it did not have the same connotations as the classical polis. By the end of the Hellenistic period, in the first century BC, polis seems to have lost its classical sense of a citizen community. It sank into being merely a town within a larger royal state, although there is controversy over the rate at which this happened (see Veyne 1976; Davies 1984; Gauthier 1985; Bernhardt 1985; Will 1988). By examining the processes of urbanisation and stateformation implied by our translation of polis I am not waging a boundary war.

Ten years ago, I favoured a positive answer to these questions;1 but there is little doubt that the interpretation then given was too simplistic. By calculating the numbers of extant burials, within and outside Athens, apportioned between successive generations (fig. 5), I sought to show that the Attic population had risen exceptionally steeply, precipitating in at least this one case a political change. But one of the hypothetical or potential factors involved, which was explicitly left out of 1 Snodgrass (1977), 16–17, fig.

By the late sixth century many centres will have had some full-time potters and metalworkers, even if some areas of production were monopolised by a single polis, and small parts of many cities were probably given over to workshops. g. Gebauer and Johannes 1937, 185; Gebauer 1938, 609; 1940, 357; 1942, 204–8; Alexandri 1968, 39). 6,7). Finley (1985a, 137–8, 195–6) stresses that no ancient city had an industrial quarter comparable to those of medieval cities. No other criteria suggest a greater level of urbanisation in the emergent polis.

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