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(μητρόπολις/mētrópolis, literally ‘mother city’).

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[1] Mother city of colonies in the era of the ‘Great’ Colonisation (c. 750-500 BC)

Since the so-called Great Colonisation (c. 750-500 BC, Colonization IV, cf. the overview there), in numerous Greek communities an oikistḗs (‘founder’) and further ápoikoi (‘s…

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Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld), Ameling, Walter (Jena), Strauch, Daniel (Berlin), Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim), Meriç, Recep (Izmir) and Drew-Bear, Thomas (Lyon), “Metropolis”, 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 04 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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