Chapter Twenty-Four. Class1

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. Peter W. Rose Professor

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch24

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Rose, P. W. (2009) Class1, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. Miami University of Ohio, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • class as a concept;
  • central debate about the Dark Age - over the degree of social stratification;
  • rise of the Polis;
  • Hesiod, tyranny, and Solonian crisis;
  • Sparta and consolidation of aristocratic ideal;
  • Athenian developments


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Class as a Concept

  • The “Dark Age”

  • The Rise of the Polis

  • Hesiod, Tyranny, and the Solonian Crisis

  • Sparta and the Consolidation of the Aristocratic Ideal

  • Athenian Developments