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From ‘district’.




  1. A township or other subdivision of ancient Attica.
  2. A distinct local population of plants or animals.

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Later usage

The term deme (dēmos) survived into the Hellenistic and Roman eras. By the time of the Byzantine Empire, the term was used to refer to one of the four chariot racing factions, the Reds, the Blues, the Greens and the Whites.
In modern Greece, the term dēmos is used to denote the municipalities.


  • Fine, John V.A. The Ancient Greeks: A critical history (Harvard University Press, 1983) ISBN 0-674-03314-0
  • Hornblower, Simon, and Anthony Spawforth ed., The Oxford Classical Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 0-19-866172-X
  • Suzanne, Bernard (1998)., "Attic Tribes and Demes". Accessed August 1, 2006


deme in Spanish: Demo (Grecia)
deme in French: Dème (Athènes antique)
deme in Italian: Demo (Atene)
deme in Dutch: Deme (bestuur)
deme in Norwegian: Deme
deme in Polish: Deme
deme in Russian: Демы
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