Debates on the concept of synoecism (or synoikism) provide one illustration of this characteristic imaginary.
1) Isin himself (2002, pages 5-22) also discusses the concept of synoecism at length.
Robert Parker, in "Subjection, Synoecism
and Religious Life," places the role of cults and religion in precisely this world of persistent renegotiations of ethnic identities.
1) For the Athenians the Prytaneion, or town hall, the office of the city's chief official, symbolized the foundation of Athens as a city-state, its construction forming an integral part of Theseus's legendary synoecism of Attica (Thuc.
According to Thucydides, before the synoecism of Theseus, "the polis was in essence the Acropolis and the part below it facing rather to the south.
It is important to decide whether the synoecism
of New Pleuron occurred from a position of strength or weakness.
19), a city that was abandoned at an unknown date in conjunction with the synoecism
of the city of ancient Hierapytna (modern Ierapetra) on the south coast.