The Polis, Herodotus, The unification of ideas

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Recap: emergence of the polis evidence of intense competition of resources as populations surged. Polis" formed as a result of protecting livelihood (agriculture, etc) Wars with neighbouring regions defining the polis (social characteristics): exclusivity- community of citizens that are elite and seem to exclude "outsiders" Polis not a place, its" history, it is just the interests of the citizen (collective, exclusive citizens) to be a citizen: individuals who had been landholders. All adult males oikos: fundamental social unit of the polis. Perpetuates the polis: woman not same status as men. Similar to children (who their pre-marital family is important) Don"t own land, no vested interest in polis (this is the attitude of the citizens) polis" identifiable by: many no urban core, few remnants agora- civic space of the city. Meetings held, trials, markets other meetings dedicated to cults and public rituals polis religion: long standing rituals, cults, traditions formalized them as a reflection of the polis.

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