Development of Political and Social Structures
According to Levack, Muir and Veldman (2011) the archaic period that existed between 800-480 BC witnessed formation of political and social structures that cultivated values of cultural unity and cooperation among the Greeks. Uniting culture arose from aspects such as written poetry and language as well as social and political changes. Levack, Muir and Veldman (2011) describe the archaic period as a duration of structural revolution. The development of clothes, jewellery, pottery and artworks during the period brought oneness to the Greek society. The residents shared community symposiums, festivals, lavish, meals and athletic games thereby bringing together each member who participated in the contests. The period saw multiple changes in the social structure as well as in governance thereby enhancing sense of community. The political structures acted as a uniting factor that brought society members closer. Levack et al., (2011) postulate that during the period villages were absorbed and the tribes incorporated into the substructure of the Polis fostering more unity.
The governance created political will among the Greek settlers during the archaic era thereby developing efficient and fair system of governance that brought the communities together. The social and political structures encouraged the Archaic Greek communities to work together in ownership and land cultivation (Levack et al., 2011). The land owning and political independence amounted to collaboration between the communities, an element that fostered great sense of community and cultural unity. Polis, a characteristic form of the archaic ancient Greece brought social development and spearheaded value of common life and promoted friendship among Greek community ultimately leading to building of strong sense of unity. Research by Levack et al., (2011) reveal that the sharing of natural resources as well as fundamental political institutions and social traditions created sense of cultural oneness.
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