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Wandering GreeksThe Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great$
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Robert Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161051

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161051.001.0001

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(p.181) 11 Repatriation
Wandering Greeks

Robert Garland

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses repatriation. L'esprit de retour certainly consumed the Greeks, as numerous passages in their literature indicate, even though relatively few migrants would have returned to their place of birth, compared with the large number who return eventually today. In many cases, however, returnees represented a serious threat to their city-state, since it was likely that their return would reignite the stasis that had initially provoked their expulsion. No less problematically, the return of exiles also created legal battles, notably when their property had been acquired by new owners. Though the circumstances under which exiles returned to their former polis are rarely recounted, the state probably authorized a general distribution of all the land that was vacant.

Keywords:   repatriation, returnees, legal battles, exiles, L'esprit de retour, stasis

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