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Alternatives to AthensVarieties of Political Organization and Community in Ancient Greece$
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Roger Brock and Stephen Hodkinson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258109

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258109.001.0001

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Problems of Democracy in the Arcadian Confederacy 370–362 BC

Problems of Democracy in the Arcadian Confederacy 370–362 BC

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(p.308) 18 Problems of Democracy in the Arcadian Confederacy 370–362 BC
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Alternatives to Athens
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JAMES ROY

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258109.003.0018

This chapter examines a case study of a democratic regime operating not in a single polis but in a confederacy, that formed by the several communities which shared a common Arcadian identity but were themselves independent states. The main evidence for democratic tendencies in confederate Arcadia in the 360s is in three elements: the situation in Mantinea and Tegea in 370, when the movement to confederation was launched; the use of the eparitoi to secure democracy; and foreign policy. Not enough is known about the confederate constitution to draw conclusions from it alone; but, if the Myrioi are accepted as a primary assembly, the form of the confederate constitution suits democracy well enough.

Keywords:   democratic regime, democracy, Arcadia, confederacy, Myrioi

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