Elis examines the city of Elis from its earliest history, through the Archaic period and the Classical period where it reached its zenith, to its decline in the Hellenistic, Roman and later periods. Through examining this prominent city-state, its role in contemporary politics and the place of Olympia in its territory, Graeme Bourke allows the reader to explore broader issues, such as the relationship between the Spartans and their various allies, often collectively referred to as ‘the Peloponnesian League’, the connection between political structures and Panhellenic sanctuaries, and the network of relationships between various ancient sanctuaries throughout the Greek-speaking world. The volume, which makes available in English for the first time much of the debate about the city, provides a valuable resource for students and academics studying the city of Elis, the Peloponnese and the relationships within it, and pre-Hellenistic Greece as a whole.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1 The Land and its People
Ch. 2 Communities and Sanctuaries
Ch. 3 The Question of Pisa
Ch. 4 Archaic Political Events
Ch. 5 Synoikism and Democracy
Ch. 6 External Relations in the Archaic and Early Classical Periods
Ch. 7 Between the Arkhidamian and Dekeleian Wars
Ch. 8 The Eleian War
Ch. 9 The Early Fourth Century BC
Ch. 10 The Middle Fourth Century BC
Ch. 11 A New Context, 338-222 BC
Ch. 12 Resistance and Subjection, 221-146 BC
Graeme Bourke is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New England, Australia.