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Current descriptions of social status in the Greek world are strongly influenced by the works of Moses I. Finley and G. E. M. de Ste. Croix, whose models were grounded in the sociologies of Weber and Marx. This article outlines a new paradigm for social status based on a model from the social sciences, commonly described as status (in)consistency. The article demonstrates the descriptive and interpretive usefulness of this approach using two case studies: social status and social mobility in classical Lakedaimonian society; and the lives and status of Pasion of Acharnai and his son Apollodoros.

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I would like to thank all those who have read or heard versions of this piece and from whose input it has greatly benefited: the reviewers and editors at CCJ, my friends at the University of Nottingham, Nick Fisher, Edward Harris, Stephen Hodkinson, Robin Osborne, Claire Taylor and, most importantly, David Lewis, without whom this article would never have seen the light of day. Any mistakes that remain are wholly of my own making.



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