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A Companion to Ancient Greek Government

Hans Beck (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9858-5
612 pages
February 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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This comprehensive volume details the variety of constitutions and types of governing bodies in the ancient Greek world.

  • A collection of original scholarship on ancient Greek governing structures and institutions
  • Explores the multiple manifestations of state action throughout the Greek world
  • Discusses the evolution of government from the Archaic Age to the Hellenistic period, ancient typologies of government, its various branches, principles and procedures and realms of governance
  • Creates a unique synthesis on the spatial and memorial connotations of government by combining the latest institutional research with more recent trends in cultural scholarship
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List of Illustrations ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Abbreviated Source Editions and Lexica xvii

Maps xx

Introduction: A Prolegomenon to Ancient Greek Government 1
Hans Beck

PART I Greek Government in History 7

1 The Rise of State Action in the Archaic Age 9
Jonathan M. Hall

2 The Classical Greek Polis and Its Government 22
Barry Strauss

3 Dynastic Courts of the Hellenistic Empires 38
Rolf Strootman

4 Hellenistic Cities: The End of Greek Democracy? 54
Hans-Ulrich Wiemer

PART II Ancient Templates and Typologies 71

5 Archaic and Classical Greek Reflections on Politics and Government: From Description to Conceptualization, Analysis, and Theory 73
Kurt A. Raaflaub

6 Plato's View on Greek Government 93
Luc Brisson

7 Aristotle 105
Peter L.P. Simpson

8 Polybios on Government, Interstate Relations, and Imperial Expansion 119
Craige B. Champion

9 One-Man Government: The Greeks and Monarchy 131
Nino Luraghi

10 Unlike(ly) Twins? Democracy and Oligarchy in Context 146
Hartmut Leppin

PART III To Rule and Be Ruled: Greek Governing Bodies 159

11 Citizenship, the Citizen Body, and its Assemblies 161
Josine Blok

12 Officials and Office-Holding 176
Alex McAuley

13 Councils in Greek Oligarchies and Democracies 191
Robert W. Wallace

14 Law Courts 205
Domingo Aviles and David C. Mirhady

PART IV Process and Procedure 219

15 Laws and Legislation in Ancient Greece 221
Michael Gagarin

16 Tyche's Force: Lottery and Chance in Greek Government 235
Elizabeth Kosmetatou

17 Governmental Checks and Balances 252
Pierre Frohlich

18 Forms and Forums of Public Speech 267
Loren J. Samons II

PART V Responsibilities and Realms of Action 285

19 Public Administration 287
Frances Pownall

20 Greek Government and Education: Re-examining the ephebeia 302
Lynn Kozak

21 Government and Warfare 317
John Serrati

22 Finance and Taxes 332
Vincent Gabrielsen

23 Greek Government and the Organization of Time 349
Robert Hannah

24 The Religious Management of the polis: Oracles and Political Decision-Making 366
Pierre Bonnechere

PART VI Space and Memory 383

25 Spaces of Government: Civic Architecture and Memory 385
Charles W. Hedrick, Jr.

26 Keeping Record, Making Public: The Epigraphy of Government 400
Adele C. Scafuro

27 Monumental Representations of Government 417
Jenifer Neils

28 State Festivals and Celebrations 432
Pauline Schmitt Pantel

PART VII Government Beyond the City-State 449

29 Greek Amphiktyonies: An Experiment in Transregional Governance 451
Peter Funke

30 Polis and koinon: Federal Government in Greece 466
Jeremy McInerney

31 Governing Interstate Alliances 480
Thomas Figueira and Sean R. Jensen

32 Interstate Governance: Arbitration and Peacekeeping 497
Sheila L. Ager

Epilogue: The Legacy of Greek Government – Something That Has "Never Occurred Again"? 512
Uwe Walter

Bibliography 525

Index 581

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 Hans Beck is Professor of Ancient History, John MacNaughton Chair of Classics and Director of Classical Studies at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author and editor of many books, among them Polis und Koinon (1997), Central Greece and the Politics of Power in the Fourth Century BC (with J. Buckler, 2008), and Consuls and Res Publica: Holding High Office in the Roman Republic (co-editor, 2011).
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“This book brings together current research and thought, as well as new insights, into the history and development of ancient Greek government, and is a welcome, scholarly, addition to any print and/or reference collection.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 October 2014)

“In any case, this collection of contributions is a real asset in that it unequivocally shows that ancient Greek governmental studies is a dynamic field of study. Moreover, the book was carefully produced and the number of typos is limited.”  (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 6 March 2014)

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