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The Spread of Polis Institutions in Hellenistic Cappadocia and the Peer Polity Interaction Model

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The settlement pattern of Cappadocia that was divided into ten strategies was dominated by villages with only a few indigenous cities in between. It came rather as a surprise when a late Hellenistic inscription from Cappadocian Hanisa became known which attests for this small town a fully fledged polis constitution. This chapter presents a discussion of this text and the cultural change one can deduce from it serves as the starting point on search for the mediators of cultural transfer in the cities of Cappadocia. By employing the concept of peer polity interaction, the author tries to make plausible a horizontal discourse as an alternative to the still prevailing topdown model for the spread of Greek polis institutions in Cappadocia. The civic decree is important on different levels when it comes to an appraisal of cultural transfer processes in Hellenistic Cappadocia.

Keywords: Greek polis institutions; Hellenistic Cappadocia; peer polity interaction



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