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Stasis, Reconciliation and Changing Citizenship in the Later Hellenistic World

By Benjamin Gray

This paper will consider how civic practices and ideology concerning stasis, conflict and reconciliation can be used to track and interpret changes in Greek approaches to citizenship and civic community in the later Hellenistic world (c. 150–31 BC). It will contribute to the aims of this proposed panel by bringing together the study of stasis, reconciliation, citizenship and political ideology.

Writing, Memorialization, and Stasis in the Reconciliation Decree from Telos (IG XII 4 1 132)

By Matt Simonton

In 2010, the Inscriptiones Graecae volume for Kos debuted a new, largely unpublished decree for foreign judges (IG XII 4 1 132; recent commentary: Thür, Scafuro, Gray). Foreign judges—citizens sent by one polis to adjudicate politically sensitive lawsuits in another polis—represented an important institution for resolving civil conflict in the Greek cities of the Hellenistic period (Robert, Crowther, Gauthier). Most decrees for foreign judges are highly formulaic and non-specific.

Recovering from Civil Strife in Classical Eretria: The Artemisia at Amarynthos

By Julia Shear

In about 340 B.C., the people of Eretria decided to add competitions in musical and other cultural events to the city’s biggest festival, the Artemisia, which was celebrated in honour of Artemis at her extra-urban sanctuary at Amarynthos, as we know from the inscribed decree (RO 73). Modern scholars’ interests in both the document and the festival have been limited to providing parallels for the musical and cultural contests at the Panathenaia in Athens (e.g. Rhodes and Osborne 2005: 365-366) and to using the Artemisia as an example of a festival celebrating the city (e.g.

What was Stasis? Ancient Usage and Modern Constructs

By Scott Arcenas

Stasis was an important category of analysis for the ancient Greeks (e.g. Gehrke, Loraux, Kalimtzis, Gray). Textual and epigraphic sources designate a relatively small number of conflicts as staseis explicitly (e.g. Alc. 130, Thuc. 3.82-85, Arist. Pol. 5.1302b25-33). They also document a larger number that may or may not qualify as staseis, depending on how broadly one interprets the term (e.g. Hdt. 9.5, Dem. 15.14-15, SEG 57.576). In this paper, I develop a criterial framework to determine which of these ambiguous cases do qualify.