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1 Got Citizenship in the Ancient World? Touraj Daryaee (UC Irvine)

2 Citizenship Important Factors in discussing Citizenship 1. Class: Upper / lower – Free/slave 2. Economic Relationship: to city, state, etc. 3. Polis / City: Polity 4. Government: Managing the Polis

3 Examples Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome

4 Indo-European People

5 Greece / Hellas Indo-European Invasion /Settlement (1000 BCE)

6 Invasion of the Hellas / Greece Indo-European Greek speaking people Second millennium BCE (Knossos / Crete destroyed 1450 BCE)

7 Mycenaeans Greek speaking Indo-European invaders Second Millennium BCE

8 Classical Period Greek City-States: independent Sparta, Athens, Corinth, Argos, etc.

9 The Two Cities: Sparta & Athens Examples of diversity among the Helens Our thought and ancient thought

10 Sparta City-State Helots Plots of land Food production Group solidarity

11 Athens: It’s been Revolutionary for Ages! 8 th -6 th BCE Athens Archons: Aristocrats Kylon: Revolutionary Tyranny: Order Miasma: shedding of blood Drakon: Man or Myth? Law: Orality vs. Written Solon

12 Athenian Democracy Demos = people Solon 594 BCE Tyranny Cleisthenes 509 BCE Democracy Direct involvement Women/slaves/foreigners Democracy / Mediocrity Philosopher-King

13 Ostracism / Ostracon No one citizen is above others Aristotle: Athenian Constitution 22: “The first person banished by ostracism was one of his relatives, Hipparchus son of Charmus of the deme of Collytus, the desire to banish whom had been Cleisthenes' principal motive in making the law”

14 Mesopotamia City clusters / Fourth millemium BCE

15 Politics of the City Warfare: enslavement of the other Economic benefits

16 Citizens “Sons of the City” Polis Social-Economic Rights & Laws

17 Mesopotamian Law Be it enacted forever and for all future days: If a son say to his father: “You are not my father,” he (the father) can cut off his (son’s) locks, make him a slave and sell him for money. If a son say to his mother, “you are not my mother,” she can cut off his locks, turn him out of town, or (at least) drive him away from home, deprive him of citizenship and of inheritance, but his liberty he loses not

18 Roman

19 Indo-European Invasion Italic Speaking Indo-European People Invasion, assimilation Co-existence

20 Romans 509 BCE I. Roman Republic (509 BCE – 31 BCE) City of Rome 8th BCE

21 Roman Politics Forum = Agora Senate Senators 300 Kings and Imperium

22 Class Conflict Citizenship & Participation: BCE Patricians = upper class Plebeians = lower class 4 Tribunes

23 12 Tables Law Code (450 BCE) Plebeian agitation / Class Curbing arbitrary power I “If he has broken the bone of a free man, the penalty is to be 300 (large copper coins); in the case of a salve, 150

24 12 Tables: Privileges & Protections IX: Concerning a citizen’s rights, they are to declare under oath what they consider best for the community XI: There is not to be intermarriage with the plebs

25 Slavery Spartacus 109 BCE-71 BCE Soldier / Slave Gladiator 73 BCE with 70 gladiators Ravaging Rome Support from Slave Pompey: victor

26 Roman Expansion Punic Wars Roman Republic & Carthaginian Kingdom 3 wars Second war Attack on Rome Hannibal

27 Mediterranean Sea mare nostrum = “our sea”

28 Male Citizen of Rome Paterfamilias = man of the house money life & death Slaves Sell family into slavery

29 Emperor Caracalla Edict of Caracalla: Civis “Citizen” 212 CE Full Citizenship beyond Italia to all free men of the empire


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