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

Emily Mackil


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 poleis of the mainland Greek world had surrendered part of their autonomy to become members of 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 draws a complex, fascinating map of how shared religious practices and long-standing economic interactions facilitated political cooperation and the emergence of a new kind of state that structured much of Greek history. C ... More

Keywords: Greek federal state, institutional development, state-formation, ritual, economy, Boiotia, Achaia, Aitolia, Greek epigraphy, koinon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272507
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Mackil, author