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, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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