(Ancient Greece) The unification of towns, tribes etc. under one capital city or polis.
Alternative spelling of synoecism.
Origin of synoecism
From Ancient Greek συνοικισμός (sunoikismos), from συνοικίζειν (sunoikizein, “to make live with, to unite under one city”), from σύν (sun, “together”) + οἰκίζειν (oikizein, “to colonise”).
Synoecism Sentence Examples
This centralization of power (Synoecism), to which many Greek peoples never attained, laid the first foundations of Athenian greatness.
Tradition ascribes to Theseus, whom it also regards as the author of the union (synoecism) of Attica round Athens as a political centre, the division of the Attic population into three classes, Eupatridae, Geomori and Demiurgi.
It is probable that after the time of the synoecism the nobles who had hitherto governed the various independent communities were obliged to reside in Athens, now the seat of government; and at the beginning of Athenian history the noble clans form a class which has the monopoly of political privilege.