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date: 04 December 2022



  • Jakob Aall Ottesen Larsen
  •  and P. J. Rhodes


The verb sympoliteuein is used from the late 5th cent. bce onwards to denote the merging of separate communities in a single state, similar to *synoecism (Thuc. 6. 4. 1, Xen.Hell. 5. 2. 12). In inscriptions the verb and the noun are used of the merging of two or more communities in one, especially when a greater state politically absorbs but does not physically obliterate a lesser state (e.g. IG 9. 1. 32 = Syll.3 647); modern scholars use sympoliteia as a technical term in this sense; but inscriptions sometimes use other terms (e.g. synoikia, IG 5. 2. 343; homopoliteia, Staatsverträge 545), and sympoliteia is used also of the right of citizenship conferred on an individual (IG 42. 1. 59), and of the admission of a particular city to the sympoliteia of the Lycian nation (SEG 18. 570, 58–61; see lycia); in one remarkable text *Pharsalus gives politeia to a community which already has sympoliteia with it (IG 9.


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