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

Studia Hercynia. 2016;20(2):9-29


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Journal Title: Studia Hercynia

ISSN: 1212-5865 (Print); 2336-8144 (Online)

Publisher: Univerzita Karlova, Filozofick√° fakulta

LCC Subject Category: Auxiliary sciences of history: Archaeology

Country of publisher: Czech Republic

Language of fulltext: Czech, English

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Liviu Mihail Iancu (University of Bucharest)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 30 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

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.