Originally Posted by Snake Featherston
1) The degree to which Athens annihilated anyone uppity enough to want freedom from Delian League control argues otherwise.
2) Actually it was based on that, namely that the subject peoples were to provide soldiers for the army, as well as paying taxes. Those were about the only areas where the classical state touched the peasantry.
1) The delian league wasnt a sistem of colonies but an hegemonized alliance of a city state with others. Roman colonies never gained any even formal independence from the roman state. Nor the members of the delian league were comparable with the Latin semi-citizens.
2) Conscription =/= slave soldiers a la janissaries. Anyway, as i said, the roman empire didnt have conscription for long time.