City-States in Classical Antiquity and Medieval Italy by Anthony Molho, Julia Emlen, Kurt Raaflaub

By Anthony Molho, Julia Emlen, Kurt Raaflaub

Reports the advance of city-states within the classical and medieval sessions

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14 It should be added, however, that the word, which throughout the trilogy oscillates uncer­ tainly between a physical and a psychic sense, implies that the polis is, in a sense, an organically constituted whole. Nevertheless, it is most rewarding to compare this miJi phren{ with the formula by which Athenian ephebes swore homophr6nos ("with one accord" ) to obey the laws established by the people. is For this benign use of the phren required of future citizens is converted by the Erinyes to promote a hatred that could be directed only against the enemy of the city.

What, after all, is "the city" when it functions. as the subject in this way? At the beginning of this chapter I tried to get around this problem by talking of cities in the plural and reserving the word "city" in the singular to denote a model of unity. Along the way, however, it has been necessary to blur this difference since for us - and we can only talk of things from our - 70. For the city as family, see my "La politique des freres," in F. ), Aux sources de la puisance. Sociabilite et parente (Rouen, 1989) 2 1 -36.

5 5 . Spectators were nonetheless obliged to se "War" first (Frugoni, Lorenzetti, op. , 6 3 ) : it is true, though, thaf they turned aside all the more quickly. See N. Rubinstein, "Political Ideas in Sienese Art: The Frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Taddeo di Bartolo in the Palazzo Pubblico," Journal of the WarbuTg and CouTtauld Institutes 2 1 ( 1 9 5 8 ) 1 79 89; further, E. Kantorowicz, Les deux corps du rai (French trans. [paris, 1989)) 95. C. Frugoni, Una lontana citta. Sentimenti e immagini del Medioevo (Turin, 1 9 83) 1 47, contrasts the mul­ tiplicity of sources for the representation of Good Government with the unique and circum stantial character of representations of Bad Government.

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