A Companion to Ancient Greek Government

A Companion to Ancient Greek Government

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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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  • Hardback | 612 pages
  • 180 x 250 x 40mm | 1,102.22g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405198583
  • 9781405198585
  • 1,522,835

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Author Information

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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Due to a surge in cultural studies of antiquity, the communication of power has perhaps received more scholarly attention than the branches of government. This trend has become immensely influential, as it helps us to disclose the tacit assumptions underlying the exercise of political power. But, as a result, the understanding of government itself has fallen behind. This "Companion" offers a modern, comprehensive volume on Greek government, detailing the variety of constitutions and types of governing bodies in the Greek world. It constitutes an all-new standard reference work, with an overall focus on institutions and state action, while also addressing, through individual contributions, recent scholarship on ancient Greek political culture. The book covers the wide range of governmental action in Greek antiquity. It explores the multiple manifestations of state action throughout the Greek world. It considers a broad selection of city-states, and governmental realms beyond the polis.

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