Origins and Development The Ancient Greek Polis. Synoecism Or Nuclear Expansion?. What Is A Polis?.
“And because people need many things, and because one person calls on a second out of one need and on a third out of a different need, many people gather in a single place to live together as partners and helpers. And such a settlement is called a polis. Isn’t that so?” ~ Plato, Republic, 369 b-c
“I think…that they should let it [the state] grow so long as in its growth it consents to remain a unity, but no further.” ~ Plato, Republic, 423 b
“[A] polis could not consist of ten men, and one composed of 100,000 men would no longer be a polis.” ~ Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1170 b 31
“Here each individual is interested not only in his own affairs but in the affairs of the state as well: even those who are mostly occupied with their own business are extremely well informed on general politics…we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all.”