This complete quantity info the range of constitutions and kinds of governing our bodies within the old Greek world.
- A choice of unique scholarship on historic Greek governing constructions and institutions
- Explores the a number of manifestations of kingdom motion during the Greek world
- Discusses the evolution of presidency from the Archaic Age to the Hellenistic interval, historic typologies of presidency, its a variety of branches, rules and systems and geographical regions of governance
- Creates a special synthesis at the spatial and memorial connotations of presidency via combining the most recent institutional learn with more moderen tendencies in cultural scholarship
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Technical knowledge was not normally a precondition for being elected, and there was no staff of professional public servants on which they could have relied. nine Finances are crucial to the workings of any state, and public expenditure tended to grow as Hellenistic towns competed with every one different in many fields, ranging from protection and public development to the party of fairs. Traditionally, Greek city-states had no institutional apparatus to extract resources from their citizens. Farming out the collection of whatever taxes and tasks they raised used to be one of the potential that allowed them to dispense with a salaried forms. Moreover, the powerful aversion to the focus of energy in the palms of office-holders required the department of monetary projects among many forums of officers that have been in charge for specific points. This distribution of competences buttressed the sovereignty of the people by ensuring that the total amount of income and expenses was known to no one yet the council and the assembly, although this had the grave drawback of forestalling any severe try at balancing the city's price range and at construction up reserves for emergencies like wars or undesirable harvests. Hellenistic city-states reacted to this challenge in different ways. Public loans helped to raise money for purposes of general interest that could not have otherwise been procured within a short period of time, but were apt to create social tensions and supplied simply a transitority expedient. In addition, asking the well-to-do to contribute to a public subscription brought no structural improvement to the city. Thus, in some Hellenistic city-states attempts were made to centralize the administration of public finances at least within a few branches or accounts, even if they never went so far as to create something like a ministry of finance. 10 As the Greeks distinguished sharply between human affairs and the affairs of the gods, the funds used for cultic purposes were considered to be the property of the gods and administered individually from different assets of source of revenue. There was, however, no sharp contrast among officials liable for the cult of the gods and these charged with different initiatives. monks and other officials with cultic responsibilities (neokoroi, hieropoioi, and so on. ), although usually set aside from their fellow secular officials, could also be considered and treated as executives of the polis. Many of them were elected by the assembly, some for a short duration only, others, for existence. In Hellenistic Asia Minor priesthoods were regarded as an asset that a polis could use as a means of raising revenues: priesthoods were auctioned like other public functions and given to the highest bidder. Even if the duties of the incumbents were defined by the assembly, this perform entailed a departure from democratic rules as it enabled individuals of prosperous families to reach a position of life-long prominence.