The Politics of Association in Hellenistic Rhodes

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A new perspective on political organisation in Hellenistic Rhodes and the ancient Greek citystate
The first comprehensive study of Rhodes in more than 20 years and one of the few books dedicated to a single Hellenistic city-state
Introduces the reader to Hellenistic Rhodes, an important, but also remarkably understudied, city-state of the ancient Greek and Roman world
Challenges traditional assumptions about political organisation in the ancient Greek city-state
Documents the existence of an alternative conception of the ancient Greek city-state, which will inspire new approaches to the study of the ancient Greek city-state, politics and society
Christian Thomsen offers a study of political institutions on the island state of Rhodes – an important power in the eastern Mediterranean and the first city of the Hellenistic world. Using Aristotle’s notion of the polis as an ‘association of associations’ as its point of departure, Thomsen provides an analysis of political institutions, taking a broader view of what constitutes an institution than traditional studies of the ancient Greek city-state.

Among the institutions surveyed are the family, civic subdivisions such as tribes and demes as well as private associations. He argues that these organisations served as important junctions in the networks of political elites and shaped the political landscape of Hellenistic Rhodes.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9781474452557
ISBN (Electronic)9781474452588, 9781474452571
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
SeriesNew Approaches to Ancient Greek Institutional History

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