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Title: The Origins of Greek Colonisation and the Greek Polis
Subtitle: Some Observations
Author(s): DOMÍNGUEZ, Adolfo J.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 10 Date: 2011
Some examples used in recent years to minimise or deny the existence of Greek colonisation (for example Pithekoussai) can be interpreted differently today in light of recent excavations and surveys. On the other hand, the beginnings of the process leading to the formation of the polis in Greece may be anticipated as well, at least until the 9th century BC. This would suggest that the beginning of Greek colonisation must be analysed within the framework of the configuration of the polis. The strongly aristocratic nature of the emergent polis explains the role of the aristocracy in the colonial process. Furthermore, the aristocratic polis was responsible for the development of mechanisms aimed at obtaining the necessary manpower to carry out successful foundations.