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Household and City Organization at Olynthus$
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Nicholas Cahill

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084955

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084955.001.0001

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Greek City Planning in Theory and Practice

Greek City Planning in Theory and Practice

(p.1) Chapter One Greek City Planning in Theory and Practice
Household and City Organization at Olynthus

Nicholas Cahill

Yale University Press

This chapter provides a few literary accounts about historical cities that discuss issues concerning the relations between polis and household, and which relate to the understanding of the archaeological remains at Olynthus. Plato describes a perfect correspondence between the social and physical organization of the polis. Greek historical and epigraphic sources are often quite taciturn about the structure and makeup of actual citizen bodies, however, and less is known about the relation between the organization of citizens and the layout of the city. A city is built for its citizens to inhabit, and in some ways the most crucial and yet least understood part of the process is determining how the community will interact with its physical environment, and how the physical environment should be tailored to fit the community. This seems to have been a primary concern of early Greek planners and theorists.

Keywords:   Olynthus, Plato, Greek, city, citizens, polis, physical environment

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