from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A system of colonization of conquered territory practised by the ancient Athenians from 506 b. c.
  • noun A colony constituted under this system.

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  • noun A form of Athenian colony in the time of Ancient Greece.


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From Ancient Greek κληρουχία (klēroukhia), from κληροῦχος (klēroukhos, "cleruch"); see cleruch.


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  • Breaking its promise, Athens sent a cleruchy to garrison its ally Samos.

    g. The Theban Hegemony 2001

  • Pericles then crossed back to Euboea, crushed the revolt, and established a cleruchy in Histaiaea.

    c. 450 2001

  • If an ally rebelled, part of its lands were confiscated and an Athenian colony (cleruchy) was established, which served both a military purpose and a civil one to help relieve unemployment at Athens.

    478-477 2001

  • Around the same time, the Athenians developed a new kind of colony, the cleruchy.

    4. The Classical Age, 510-323 B.C.E 2001

  • League it remained disaffected towards Athens, and in 447 had to be coerced by the settlement of a cleruchy.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1 Various


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