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Deborah Kamen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691138138

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691138138.001.0001

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Privileged Metics

Privileged Metics

(p.55) Chapter 5 Privileged Metics
Status in Classical Athens

Deborah Kamen

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the status group called “privileged metics.” The privileged metic was in various respects superior to his less-privileged peers. Socially, too, privileged metics represented a distinct, higher-ranking status group. The fact that most were likely Greek, unlike the average nonprivileged freed-slave metic, probably granted them additional social standing. Given that any metic granted privileges was (ideologically, at least) being rewarded for services rendered to the city, he was implicitly more favored and more embraced by the citizens of Athens than were “regular” metics—and in some cases, more so than “regular” (that is, not euergetic) citizens.

Keywords:   privileged metics, Greece, classical Athens, legal status, social status

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