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.
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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.