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    DescriptionFrom antiquity until the nineteenth century, there have been two types of state: macro-states, each dotted with a number of cities, and regions broken up into city-states, each consisting of an urban centre and its hinterland. A region settled with interacting city-states constituted a city-state culture and Polis opens with a description of the concepts of city, state, city-state, and city-state culture, and a survey of the 37 city-state cultures so far identified. Mogens Herman Hansen provides a thoroughly accessible introduction to the polis (plural: poleis), or ancient Greek city-state, which represents by far the largest of all city-state cultures. He addresses such topics as the emergence of the polis, its size and population, and its political organization, ranging from famous poleis such as Athens and Sparta through more than 1,000 known examples.

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    An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-state
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mogens Herman Hansen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 312 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199208500
    ISBN 10: 0199208506

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA, JP
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, SOC026030
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 307.760938
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    LC classification: HT114 .H375 2006
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    Thema V1.0: JP, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    30 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Mogens Herman Hansen is Reader in Classics at Copenhagen University.
    Review quote
    "This book will help those venturing for the first time outside of the Athenocentric realm of polis-studies; it provides an overview and introduction to comparative studies in the city-state and 'city-state culture.'" --Classical Outlook
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; I. CITY-STATES IN WORLD HISTORY ; 1. Cities, States, City-States and City-State Cultures ; 2. A Sketch of the 37 Identified City-State Cultures ; 3. 'Country-States' versus City-State Cultures ; II. THE CITY-STATE CULTURE IN ANCIENT GREECE ; Introduction ; 4. The Unity of the City-State Culture of Ancient Greece ; 5. The Rise of the Ancient Greek City-State Culture ; 6. The End of the City-State Culture in Ancient Greece ; 7. How Poleis Arose and Disappeared ; 8. What is a Polis? An Investigation of the Concept of 'Polis' ; 9. The Polis as City and State ; 10. Polis as City ; 11. The Settlement Pattern of the Ancient Greek City-States ; 12. The Size and Population of the Cities ; 13. The Demography of the Ancient Greek City-State Culture ; 14. The Economy of the Cities: Max Weber's 'Ideal Type' ; 15. Polis as City in the Archaic Period ; 16. The Greek Conception of Polis as a City with a Hinterland ; 17. Polis as State ; 18. Army ; 19. Religion ; 20. State and Society ; 21. Civil War (Stasis) ; 22. Relationships between Poleis ; 23. The Hellenistic Poleis ; III. CONCLUSION ; 24. The Polis Compared with Other City-State Cultures