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I. Homoioi in Aristotle

With the term homoioi (in Homer, in Ionian and in early Attic ὁμοῖοι/homoîoi, later ὅμοιοι/hómoioi, ‘equal ones’) Aristotle clearly describes, in a section regarding the prerequisites of political stability (Aristot. Pol. 1308a 11-13), an elite, i.e. a legally or socially defined ruling class that is clearly differentiated by birth or wealth. When many people belong to an elite of such kind, it represents, according to Aristotle, a…

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Cartledge, Paul A. (Cambridge), “Homoioi”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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