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Genos

In ancient Greece, a genos (Greek: γένος, "race, stock, kin",[1] plural genē - γένη) was a social group claiming common descent, referred to by a single name (see also Sanskrit "Gana"). Most gene seem to have been composed of noble families—Herodotus uses the term to denote noble families—and much of early Greek politics seems to have involved struggles between gene. Gene are best attested at Athens, where writers from Herodotus to Aristotle dealt with them.

Early modern historians postulated that gene had been the basic organizational group of the Dorian and Ionian tribes that settled Greece during the Greek Dark Ages, but more recent scholarship has reached the conclusion that gene arose later as certain families staked a claim to noble lineage. In time, some, but not necessarily all, gene came to be associated with hereditary priestly functions.

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References

  1. ^ γένος, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  • Fine, John V.A. The Ancient Greeks: A Critical History. Harvard University Press, 1983. ISBN 0-674-03314-0
  • Hornblower, Simon, and Anthony Spawforth ed. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-866172-X
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