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"Man, as a political animal, a fraction of the polis or self-governing city-state, had ended with Aristotle."--Hellenistic Civilisation (1927) by William Woodthorpe Tarn

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A polis (πόλις, pronunciation [pól.is], ['pɒl.ɪs] in English) -- plural: poleis (πόλεις, pronunciation [pól.eːs], ['pɒl.eɪz] in English) -- is a city, a city-state and also citizenship and body of citizens. When used to describe Classical Athens and its contemporaries, polis is often translated as "city-state."

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