Chapter Eighteen. Cities1

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. Jan Paul Crielaard director

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch18

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Crielaard, J. P. (2009) Cities1, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • cities - rise of cities and city-states providing key to the understanding of what was going on in the archaic period;
  • archaic Greek literature, the words most often used for town or city being astu and, polis;
  • images of city and country;
  • city as center of order and civilization;
  • the sacred city - cities often called hieros, bgatheos, zatheos or dios;
  • city and self-image - self-definition by opposition;
  • growth of urban centers;
  • Temples, agorai, and public buildings - Early Iron Age, house of the local ruler serving cult purposes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: The Importance of Context

  • Terminology

  • Images of City and Country

  • The City as Concept

  • City and Self-image: Self-definition by Opposition

  • The Growth of Urban Centers

  • Concluding Remarks