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    DescriptionHow did the classical Greek city come into being? What role did religion play in its formation? Athens, with its ancient citadel and central religious cult, has traditionally been the model for the emergence of the Greek city-state. But in this original and controversial investigation, Francois de Polignac suggests that the Athenian model was probably the exception, not the rule, in the development of the polis in ancient Greece. Combining archaeological and textual evidence, de Polignac argues that the eighth-century settlements that would become the city-states of classical Greece were defined as much by the boundaries of "civilized" space as by its urban centers. The city took shape through what de Polignac calls a "religious bipolarity," the cults operating both to organize social space and to articulate social relationships being not only at the heart of the inhabited area, but on the edges of the territory. Together with the urban cults, these sanctuaries "in the wild" identified the polis and its sphere of influence, giving rise to the concept of the state as a territorial unit distinct from its neighbors. Frontier sanctuaries were therefore often the focus of disputes between emerging communities. But in other instances, in particular in Greece's colonizing expeditions, these outer sanctuaries may have facilitated the relations between the indigenous populations and the settlers of the newly founded cities. Featuring extensive revisions from the original French publication and an updated bibliography, this book is essential for anyone interested in the history and culture of ancient Greece.


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    Title
    Cults, Territory and the Origin of the Greek City-state
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Francois De Polignac, Foreword by Claude Mossé
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 143 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 246 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226673349
    ISBN 10: 0226673340
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    B&T General Subject: 750
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    DC20: 938
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
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    Ingram Theme: DEMO/URBAN
    B&T Approval Code: A13228000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026030
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
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    DC22: 307.760938, 307.76/0938
    LC classification: DF122 .P6513 1995
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    LC classification: DF122.P651
    Thema V1.0: JBSD, NH
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    24 August 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL