The Idea of the Ancient Greek Polis in Early Medieval Byzantium: The Ancient City and its Features

BY Claudia Rapp

While the ancient Greek city saw its physical demise, Christian authors in early medieval Byzantium continued to use the image and concept of the Greek polis to evoke lessons of a Christian life.


Cities have long marked the development of humans into an organized society of people with shared interests and values. As cities developed, physical walls began to represent more than just a boundary or a defensive device, it became an identity. The ancient Greek city grew into such a place, and developed itself around three basic aspects: the View Full Summary