Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA.The present volume considers ancient ideas about the imagined or ideal polis, and about the actual polis as a general type. This chapter looks at one particular aspect of ideal and generalised poleis, their physical layouts. It tests the propositions that planned town layouts expressed specific ideas about what the ideal polis should be, and specifically that they were inherently egalitarian or democratic. Along the way, it considers issues such as the rationale behind land division among Greek colonists; the distinctive contribution of Hippodamos, if any; the allegedly Pythagorean features of town planning; the so-called Typenhaus; the question of whether other Greek thinkers made a link between town planning and political theory; and the immediate legacy of classical town planning
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