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Greek and Other Aegean Mercenaries in the Archaic Age: Aristocrats, Common People, or Both?

Studia Hercynia, 01 December 2016, Vol.20(2), pp.9-29 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Greek and Other Aegean Mercenaries in the Archaic Age: Aristocrats, Common People, or Both?
  • Author: Liviu Mihail Iancu
  • Found In: Studia Hercynia, 01 December 2016, Vol.20(2), pp.9-29 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Mercenaries ; Archaic Greece ; Elites ; Social Anthropology ; Warfare ; Conceptual Automatism
  • Language: Czech
  • Description: Two issues regarding the social status of Archaic Greek (and other Aegean) mercenaries are discussed. The historiographical issue consists in exploring the reasons why the image of a limited participation restricted to the elites has until recently prevailed. The influence of social anthropology, which contributed to the development of a series of conceptual automatisms, is seen as the main cause for the emergence of the elitist thesis. The historical and anthropological issue consists in a summary re -evaluation of the most appropriate and persuasive sources that provide clues for the broader social participation in mercenary activities.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1212-5865 ; E-ISSN: 2336-8144

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