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Corinthians

A land of mountains and non-descript city-states held together in a loose alliance like Brythunia and the Border Kingdom to the north, Corinthia’s main claim to fame was that the Road of Kings passed through its central country-side. The western reaches contained rank after rank of forested ridges, extending to the jagged wall of the Karpash Mountains. At least half of Corinthia’s territory was composed of mountains. That rugged geography led to isolation and certainly contributed to this land’s ability to remain unconquered by even the most powerful Hyborian Age empires.

Corinthia apparently had a separate identity as early as the first days of the fallen Empire of  Acheron. It was subject to the latter, then “gained its independence” before the fall of that ancient empire to the Hyborians. Some time during the 3,000 years that followed, it came under the growing hegemony of the Hyborians. The economy of Corinthia was based on both pastoral and cereal agriculture, with specialized small industries in the city-states, including the production of wool and hand-crafted musical instruments.

The Corinthians were dark-skinned as Hyborians went, due to their intermixing with the Zamorans.  They still retained the Hyborians’ stout build and tawny hair. The city-states of Corinthia had a variety of governmental styles, all of which pursued some form of representative, republican government. Government leaders were called Senators, and their power varied with the extent of their financial holdings. A Corinthian city-state’s Senate not only created the city’s laws, but also managed the courts and the prosecution of criminals. The Senators commonly used their legal powers to intimidate their opponents, and each city-state in Corinthia had its own “whips,” senior Senators who ruled the city through their control of groups of well-connected clients. The largest and most powerful of the Corinthian city-states in Conan’s time was called Polopponi which straddled the Road of Kings and was a major stopping-point for caravans and merchants on that route.

The Corinthians were worshipers of Mitra, with only a scattering of devotion to the pantheons of Shem and Turan. There was little religious innovation, as most theological developments came from Nemedia or Aquilonia, but in some Corinthian city-states the temples were a major political force.

Names:  Corinthian names tend to have a Latin, Byzantine or Italian air to them. Examples: (male) Athicus, Ivanos, Joka, Kalanthes, Murilo, Nabonidus, Petreus; (female) Muriela.