In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan tells the story of the emergence of the polis from the Dark Ages. He shows that by the time of the poet Hesiod, there is already aÂ polisÂ in place. He describes the importance of theÂ polisÂ in the Greek world and explains that it was much more than a mere place of habitation; it was a place where there was justice, law, community, and a set of cultural values that held Greeks together. Finally, Professor Kagan argues, following the lead of Victor David Hanson, that theÂ polisÂ came to be chiefly through the emergence of a new man: the hoplite farmer.
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