The Euboean League (Ancient Greek: τὸ κοινὸν τῶν Εὐβοιέων, to koinon tōn Euboieōn[1]) was a federal league (koinon) of the cities of Euboea in ancient Greece, extant from the 3rd century BC to the 2nd or 3rd century AD.

Silver drachma of the Euboean League. Obverse: Head of the nymph Euboea. Reverse: Bull's head and kantharos, with the inscription EY[ΒΟΙΕΩΝ] "of the Euboeans".

The League is first attested during the reign of Demetrios Poliorketes (r. 294–288 BC), but is not mentioned again until from 194 BC on. Based on its coinage, it survived until well into the Roman Empire, possibly as late as the provincial reorganization under Diocletian (r. 284–305).[2] It was a full federation (sympoliteia) of city-states, with its own boule and ecclesia, federal laws, common coinage (although the member cities continued to mint their own coins), and the right to grant proxenia. The League was headed by an official called hegemon, whose name featured on federal coinage.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ Schwahn 1931, col. 1265.
  2. ^ a b Schwahn 1931, col. 1265–1266.

Sources edit

  • Schwahn, Walther (1931). "Sympoliteia". Realencyclopädie der Classischen Altertumswissenschaft. Vol. Band IV, Halbband 7, Stoa–Symposion. col. 1171–1266.

Further reading edit

  • Wallace, W. P. (1956). The Euboian League and its Coinage. Numismatic Notes and Monographs, No. 134. New York: American Numismatic Society.