Definitions

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  • n. The unification of towns, tribes etc. under one capital city or polis.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek συνοικισμός, from συνοικίζειν ("to make live with, to unite under one city"), from σύν ("syn-") + οἰκίζειν ("to colonise").

Examples

  • Athens gradually unified Attica by conquest and by synoecism, the process of merging with smaller towns.

    d. Athens

  • Cimon secured the OSTRACISM OF THEMISTOCLES, who fled to Argos and conducted anti-Spartan activity in the Peloponnese, possibly inspiring the synoecism which united Elis.

    478-477

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