Following the Macedonian conquest of Greece, Alexander’s campaign and death, the socio-political landscape in the Greek world changed dramatically. As a result of the concentration of political, military and economic power in the hands of a few who reigned over a number of successor kingdoms of what was once the vast empire Alexander had conquered, citizens in former Greek city-states overnight became ‘idiotes’ – persons, stripped of the right to participate in their respective city’s affairs, minding only their own business. As in many of those...
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