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Tribute Assessments in the Athenian Empire from 454 to 440 B. C.


Benjamin Meritt, renowned scholar of Greek epigraphy, provides transcription, text, and commentary on the surviving lists of tribute paid to Athens under the Delian league.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-458-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 229
Publication Date: Aug 4,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 38
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-458-5
$38.00
$22.80

Many people know of the buildings on the Athenian Acropolis, but few realize that these icons of democratic building were constructed with tribute taken from the many poleis under Athens' protection, tribute that was meant to be saved against another Persian invasion. Perikles, in using these funds for the glorification of Athens, laid the foundations for the ensuing conflict between Athens and Sparta in the Peloponnesian war. Benjamin Meritt, renowned scholar of Greek epigraphy, here publishes the surviving documentation of this tribute collection in these two papers, offering transcription, text, and commentary on the lists detailing exactly how much money was taken from the various poleis who paid tribute to Athens. The survival of these lists is indeed remarkable, and they are a treasure to the historian of Classical Athens and student of democracy alike. This edition is a great aid to the professional scholar as well as useful reading for those learning about the complex nature of the Athenian democratic experiment, particularly in conjunction with a class using Thucydides.

Many people know of the buildings on the Athenian Acropolis, but few realize that these icons of democratic building were constructed with tribute taken from the many poleis under Athens' protection, tribute that was meant to be saved against another Persian invasion. Perikles, in using these funds for the glorification of Athens, laid the foundations for the ensuing conflict between Athens and Sparta in the Peloponnesian war. Benjamin Meritt, renowned scholar of Greek epigraphy, here publishes the surviving documentation of this tribute collection in these two papers, offering transcription, text, and commentary on the lists detailing exactly how much money was taken from the various poleis who paid tribute to Athens. The survival of these lists is indeed remarkable, and they are a treasure to the historian of Classical Athens and student of democracy alike. This edition is a great aid to the professional scholar as well as useful reading for those learning about the complex nature of the Athenian democratic experiment, particularly in conjunction with a class using Thucydides.

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Benjamin Meritt

  • TRIBUTE ASSESSMENTS IN THE ATHENIAN EMPIRE FROM 454 TO 440 B.C. (page 5)
  • THE REASSESSMENT OF TRIBUTE IN 438/7 (page 32)
  • NOTES ON THE TRIBUTE LISTS (page 39)