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Men of BronzeHoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece$
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Donald Kagan and Gregory F. Viggiano

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143019

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143019.001.0001

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The Hoplite Revolution and the Rise of the Polis

The Hoplite Revolution and the Rise of the Polis

(p.112) Chapter 6 The Hoplite Revolution and the Rise of the Polis
Men of Bronze

Gregory F. Viggiano

Princeton University Press

This chapter contests the idea that any argument put forth in recent years is reason to push down the traditional date for the origin of the polis or to reject the hoplite orthodoxy. It states the basic elements of the theory that have their beginnings in Aristotle's Politics, and then tests their merit against revisionist claims. The chapter also contests the recent claims that the evidence of survey archaeology has disproved the existence of a substantial class of middling farmers in the late eighth and seventh centuries. It argues that, despite gaps in the evidence, a clear picture of how the polis emerged can be made without omitting or contradicting any of the evidence from the literary sources, archaeology, and inscriptions.

Keywords:   polis, hoplite orthodoxy, Aristotle, Politics, revisionism, survey archaeology, middling farmers

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