Creating a Common Polity: Religion, Economy, and Politics in the Making of the Greek Koinon

Creating a Common Polity: Religion, Economy, and Politics in the Making of the Greek Koinon

Hardback Hellenistic Culture and Society

By (author) Emily Maureen Mackil

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 590 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 235mm x 44mm | 916g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520272501
  • ISBN 13: 9780520272507
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 594,151

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In the ancient Greece of Pericles and Plato, the polis, or city-state, reigned supreme, but by the time of Alexander, nearly half of the mainland Greek city-states had surrendered part of their autonomy to join the larger political entities called koina. In the first book in fifty years to tackle the rise of these so-called Greek federal states, Emily Mackil charts a complex, fascinating map of how shared religious practices and long-standing economic interactions faciliated political cooperation and the emergence of a new kind of state. Mackil provides a detailed historical narrative spanning five centuries to contextualize her analyses, which focus on the three best-attested areas of mainland Greece - Boiotia, Achaia, and Aitolia. The analysis is supported by a dossier of Greek inscriptions, each text accompanied by an English translation and commentary.

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Emily Mackil is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

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"Offers a wealth of useful, hardly accessible information and interesting insights into the workings of Greek federal states ... recommended not only to classicists and ancient historians, but also to students of politics." Bryn Mawr Classical Review 20140901

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`Well-informed and beautifully written, `Creating a Common Polity` represents a turning point in our approach to the political and economic life of the ancient world. It should attract readers far beyond the field of classics, particularly political scientists, who will find in this volume a mine of new data and analyses to conceptualize the formation of federal states.` Alain Bresson, author of `L'economie de la Grece des cites` `This is an excellent and very important study. Mackil is one of the most thorough, brilliant and accomplished Greek historians of her generation, and the book will be a ground-breaker.` Jeremy McInerney, author of `The Cattle of the Sun`

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations Maps Introduction Strategies Old and New Institutions An Example A Road Map Part I. Cooperation, Competition, and Coercion: A Narrative History 1. The Archaic Period and the Fifth Century Boiotia Achaia Aitolia 2. The Fourth Century Common Wars, Common Peaces, Common Polities, 404-371 Theban Hegemony and the Hegemony of the Koinon, 371-346 A New Macedonian Order, 346-323 3. The Hellenistic Period Mainland Greece and the Wars of the Successors, 323-285 Independence and Expansion, 284-245 Shifting Alliances, 245-229 The Roman Entrance and the War against Kleomenes, 229-222 The Rise of Philip V and the Social War, 221-217 The First and Second Macedonian Wars: Rome, Aitolia, and Philip V, 215-196 The Freedom of the Greeks and the Dismantling of Regional Cooperation, 196-167 Bargaining with Rome, the Struggle for Sparta, and the End of the Achaian Koinon, 167-146 Part II. Interactions and Institutions 4. Cultic Communities Building Regional Communities Politicizing Regional Communities Legitimating and Celebrating the Power of the Koinon Reproducing the Power of the Koinon 5. Economic Communities Cooperative Coinage and Early Forms of Economic Cooperation Protecting and Promoting Economic Mobility Resource Complementarity and Economic Interdependence Winning the Battle for Resources Taxation and Regional State Revenues Managing Economic Crises and Disputes 6. Political Communities Coercion and Cooperation in the Formation of the Koinon The Terms of the Federal Compromise Enforcement, Negotiation, and Institutional Stability Conclusion Appendix: Epigraphic Dossier I. Boiotia: T1-T33 II. Achaia: T34-T46 III. Aitolia: T47-T61 Bibliography Index