Creating a Common Polity (Paperback)

Religion, Economy, and Politics in the Making of the Greek Koinon (Hellenistic Culture and Society #55)

By Emily Mackil

University of California Press, 9780520290839, 624pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2016

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Hardcover (4/25/2015)

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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 mainland Greek city-states had surrendered part of their autonomy to join the 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 charts a complex, fascinating map of how shared religious practices and long-standing economic interactions faciliated political cooperation and the emergence of a new kind of state. Mackil provides a detailed historical narrative spanning five centuries to contextualize her analyses, which focus on the three best-attested areas of mainland Greece—Boiotia, Achaia, and Aitolia. The analysis is supported by a dossier of Greek inscriptions, each text accompanied by an English translation and commentary.

About the Author

Emily Mackil is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Praise For Creating a Common Polity: Religion, Economy, and Politics in the Making of the Greek Koinon (Hellenistic Culture and Society #55)

"Offers a wealth of useful, hardly accessible information and interesting insights into the workings of Greek federal states . . . recommended not only to classicists and ancient historians, but also to students of politics."

— Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A model of what scholarship in ancient history should ideally be: technically impeccable, theoretically bold and imaginative, rigorously argued, and—not least—a pleasure for both experts and novices to read."

— Barbara Weiden Boyd, Chair