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I. General

Rulership is here understood as political rulership, i.e. a reciprocal social relationship serving to create and permanently preserve the social order through political organization. Rulership is based on fixed rules applying both to the ruler(s) and the ruled; thus those ruled generally assent blindly to the authority of the ruler(s), or are at least so minded as to tol…

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Eder, Walter (Berlin), Cancik-Kirschbaum, Eva (Berlin), Kahl, Jochem (Münster) and Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel), “Rulership”, 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 21 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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