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Archaic Tyranny in Asia Minor

Archaic Tyranny in Asia Minor (15/2/2006 v.1) Τυραννία Αρχαϊκή στη Μ. Ασία (14/10/2005 v.1)

Archaic tyranny in Asia Minor was a rather similar phenomenon to Archaic tyranny in continental Greece, that is the result of a permanent competition between the strongest aristocrats —even if one cannot forget that the Persian presence was an influent actor of this aristocratic game, which could have weighted a lot in the political balance.



Delian League

Delian League - to be assigned Συμμαχία της Δήλου - to be assigned


Diocletian and New Order

Diocletian and New Order (26/1/2006 v.1) Διοκλητιανός και Νέα Τάξη (14/10/2005 v.1)

One of the most important developments during Diocletian’s reign was the degradation of senators for the benefit of a new class of highly proficient courtiers and state officials. But the result was an extremely bureaucratic system of administration, which burdened heavily the state budget.



Dorian Pentapolis

Dorian Pentapolis - to be assigned Δωρική Πεντάπολις - to be assigned


Friends and allies of Rome and Client kingdoms

Friends and allies of Rome and Client kingdoms (17/2/2006 v.1) Φίλοι και σύμμαχοι της Ρώμης και πελατειακά βασίλεια (14/10/2005 v.1)

From the end of the 3rd cent. BC onwards, Rome gradually began gaining access to the political scene of the eastern Mediterranean, changing the power balance in the region. Upon becoming the dominant force in the Mediterranean in 168 BC, Rome built and maintained relationships with client kings, playing the role of the patron state. Hellenistic rulers received the title of friend and ally without being subjected to control by Roman officials. From the end of the 1st cent. BC onwards, the...



Koinon of Asia

Koinon of Asia - to be assigned Κοινόν Ασίας - has not been published yet


Koinon of Ionians - Panionium

Koinon of Ionians - Panionium (9/2/2006 v.1) Κοινόν Ιώνων - Πανιώνιον (14/10/2005 v.1)

The Koinon of Ionians (Ionian Dodecapolis) was established in the 7th century BC by 12 cities on the west coast of Asia Minor: Samos, Chios, Miletus, Myus, Priene, Ephesus, Colophon, Lebedus, Teos, Clazomenae, Erythrae and Phocaea. The Koinon was a type of religious union centred around the cult of Poseidon of Helicon. It held a joint festival at Panionium of Mycale, the Panionian. The Koinon was abolished by the Persians after the unsuccessful Ionian Revolt in the early 5th c. BC. It was...



Koinon of Lycia

Koinon of Lycia - to be assigned Κοινόν Λυκίας - to be assigned


Koinon of Pontus

Koinon of Pontus (9/2/2006 v.1) Κοινόν Πόντου (14/10/2005 v.1)

Institution of a mainly religious as well as political character, based on the union of the cities of Pontus. At first it aimed at honouring Rome and later at worshipping the emperor. In fact, it was an attempt towards the political control over the cities of Pontus.



Komai in Asia Minor

Komai in Asia Minor (16/2/2006 v.1) Κώμες στη Μ. Ασία (14/10/2005 v.1)

Throughout Antiquity a large part of the population in Asia Minor did not live in cities but in the countryside, at settlements, which ancient writers and inscriptions refer to them as komes (henceforth villages), dwellings, areas or demoi. These settlements, as well as the surrounding rural and forest areas usually belonged to the bigger cities or were considered as sacred land.