The Greek leagues
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Forms of political organization transcending the individual polis were already developing in ancient Greece during the Archaic period, c. 700-500 BC, and these are today commonly referred to as ‘leagues’. However, the terms used in ancient sources to refer to these organizations, such as koinon (‘commonwealth’), ethnos (‘people’) or sympoliteia (‘confederacy’, ‘union with interchange of civ…

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Wittke, A.-M. and Freitag, K., “The Greek leagues”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, English edition by Christine Salazar (2010). Original German-language edition: Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt. Herausgegeben von Anne-Maria Wittke,Eckhart Olshausen und Richard Szydlak. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 3. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2007). Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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