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date: 02 March 2021

citizenship, Greek 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
John Kenyon DaviesJohn Kenyon Davies

Greek citizenship stemmed from the fusion of two distinct but related elements, (a) the notion of the individual state as a ‘thing’ with boundaries, an ongoing existence, and a power of decision, and (b) the notion of its inhabitants participating in its life as joint proprietors. The first element was a product of the various processes of state formation which eroded personal chieftainship by centralizing power and exercising it through a growing number of offices or magistracies with limited length of tenure: at first denoted by an extended use of the word ... ...

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