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Publication information: Book title: Ancient Greece:A Political, Social, and Cultural History. Contributors: Sarah B. Pomeroy - Author, Stanley M. Burstein - Author, Walter Donlan - Author, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 40.
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