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Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis: 4th Century BC to 2nd Century AD (Paraskevi Martzavou) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2013) 9780199652143
Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis: 4th Century BC to 2nd Century AD (Paraskevi Martzavou) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2013) 9780199652143
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Title: Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis: 4th Century BC to 2nd Century AD

Author: Martzavou, Paraskevi

Additional Authors or Contributors: Nikolaos Papazarkadas (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2013

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199652143

Volumes: 1; Pages: 440

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This volume richly illustrates the multiple ways in which epigraphy enables historical analysis of the postclassical polis (city-state) across a world of geographically dispersed poleis: from the Black Sea and Asia Minor to Sicily via the Aegean and mainland Greece. The collection of 16 papers looks at themes such as the modes of interaction between polis and ruling powers, the construction of ethnic and social identity, interstate and civil conflict and its resolution, social economics, institutional processes and privileges, polis representations, ethics, and, not least, religious phenomena. The contributions range from "hard epigraphy" to sophisticated conceptual studies of aspects of the postclassical polis, and approach the inscriptions both as textual objects and as artefacts.

The aim of this volume is to identify the postclassical polis both as a reality and as a constructed concept, not only a monolithic block, but a result of tension in the exercise of different kinds of powers. All the individual contributions of this collective volume show that the postclassical polis, both as a reality and as a representation, is the result of negotiations, ancient and modern; but they also illustrate how much of our understanding of the polis is built on patient, painstaking work on the inscriptions.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Contributors

List of Illustrations

Abbreviations

Table of Contents

Introduction: Epigraphy and the Polis P. Martzavou and N. Papazarkadas

POLEIS AND RULING POWERS

1. Observations on the Pistiros Inscription, M. B Hatzopoulos

2. Alexander, Priene, and Naulochon, P. Thonemann

3. Sicilian Identity in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, J. Prag

POLEIS IN CONFLICT

4. An Arbitration Concerning Lampsakos and Parion, A. P. Matthaiou

5. Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman Age, G. Kantor

THE SOCIAL ECONOMICS OF THE POLEIS

6. Public Subscriptions and Loans as Social Capital in the Hellenistic City: Reciprocity, Performance, Commemoration, A. Chaniotis

7. The Ideology of Public Subscriptions, A. Ellis-Evans

POLEIS OF HONOUR

8. Romulus and Remus at Chios Revisited: a Re-examination of SEG XXX 1073, I. Salvo

9. The Victor's Return and the Categories of Games, W. Slater

10. The History of Hellenistic Honorific Statues, J. Ma

11. The Epigraphy of Honours at Siphnos: New Evidence, N. Papazarkadas

INSTITUTIONS, ETHICS, RELIGION

12. Two Overlooked Attic Inscriptions, G. Malouchou

13. Who Were the Neoi? N. Kennell

14. Philosophy of education and the Later Hellenistic Polis, B. Gray

15. Thessalian Perceptions of the Ruler Cult: 'Archegetai' and 'Ktistai' from Demetrias, S. Kravaritou

16. Fresh Light on the Institutions and Religious Life of Thespiai: Six New Inscriptions from the Thespiai Survey, A. Schachter and F. Marchand

Bibliography

Index
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