By Jeremy LaBuff

Polis enlargement and Elite strength in Hellenistic Karia rewrites the heritage of the zone, which has ordinarily been noticeable as ruled by means of empires and residential to groups whose claims of freedom and democracy have been a sham. With a close research of epigraphical, literary, and archaeological facts, this research finds a excessive point of neighborhood service provider, as groups sought to form their very own future at moments of imperial weak spot or withdrawal. now not all people in those groups benefited both from those mergers. Elites specifically reaped specific profits that supplied them with entry to well-connected towns or to locally vital sanctuaries, either one of which represented very important avenues for self-advertisement and standing acquisition. even supposing those advantages recommend the power of the rich to persuade judgements that impacted whole groups, such impression didn't spell the decline and fall of democracy for those city-states. quite, they illustrated the complicated strength relationships that outlined the perform of democracy because it persisted to conform along the momentous upward thrust and fall of Hellenistic empires, until eventually the ascendancy of Rome curtailed renowned govt within the sector completely. This examine furthers our realizing of the political panorama of Karia, the stability of energy in the Hellenistic polis, the influence of interstate relatives on neighborhood politics, and political and social id inside historic democratic states.

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