Polis

Discipline: Political Science

Theory, originating in ancient Greece, of political community.

Life as a citizen in the polis was the highest form of human activity, in which all (adult males) participated, and all were equal. The idea of the polis remains potent for those who see politics as potentially a fulfilling activity in its own right, and who support the concept of citizenship.

Source:
David Robertson, The Penguin Dictionary of Politics (London, 1986)

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