A social network analysis of classical Athens (403-322 BC): a corroboration of the notion of the stateless polis?

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
  • Social sciences
    • Economic history
    • Applied sociology
stateless society polis classical Athens social network analysis
Project description

This project aims to test Berent’s thesis of the Greek polis as a ‘stateless society’. If ‘the’ polis functioned as a stateless society, the absence of a state coercive apparatus would have had to be compensated for by non-state-based forces of integration. This project will examine to what extent social networks in Athens (403-322 BC) functioned as such a force of integration.