The Athenian Empire Restored

Epigraphic and Historical Studies
Harold B. Mattingly
With a preface by Mortimer Chambers
Removes the foundations of classical Greek history, and begins creating new ones

Description

One of the most important periods of Greek history lies between the Persian king Xerxes' defeat at Greek hands in 479 B.C.E. and the destruction of the power of Athens in 404 B.C.E. A major problem in this era is how and when Athens managed to transform the free alliance against Persia into an empire of Athenian subjects: The Athenian Empire Restored presents a sustained challenge to the dating and interpretation of this process.

This volume collects Harold B. Mattingly's most important essays on the question, and offers them in updated form together with a new introduction and notes, and a concordance of inscriptions. A preface by Mortimer Chambers helps place the volume amid the decades- long controversy about events in and around Athens, and describes the scientific technique that has proven Mattingly's argument.

Drawing on meticulous study of ancient coins, civic or religious inscriptions, and political decrees, Mattingly contends that the historical record has been badly muddled by over-reliance on "letter forms," or the "handwriting" on inscriptions made by stone-cutters, as a criterion for dating fifth-century inscriptions from the district of Attica.

In the process of establishing a sounder methodology for investigating this crucial period of Greek—and Western—history, Mattingly in these groundbreaking essays turns a beacon of light on many aspects of Greek and Athenian society and history.

The Athenian Empire Restored will be eagerly received by historians, students and scholars of Greek culture and literature, and archaeologists in many fields.

Harold B. Mattingly has retired from his position as Professor of ancient history at the University of Leeds. He is Vice-President of the Royal Numismatic Society.

Praise / Awards

  • ". . . an important collection which brings together into one volume a significant and detailed attack on current orthodoxies concerning fifth-century history, as Mattingly offers us a picture of the Athenian empire not only restored but also reconfigured. . . . Mattingly's work does represent an important contribution in the questioning and undermining of many issues which are too readily taken for granted."
    Classical Review

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Contents

Page numbers in the original publications are indicated in the square brackets in this book. Each bracketed number indicates the point at which the old page started, for example: [52] means that the text following the number is the old page 52.

Introduction-1

Chapter 
1. The Athenian Coinage Decree-5
2. Athens and Euboea-53
3. The Methone Decrees-69
4. The Growth of Athenian Imperialism-87
5. The Peace of Kallias-107
6. Athenian Imperialism and the Foundation of Brea-117
7. Periclean Imperialism-147
8. Athens, Delphi and Eleusis in the Late 420's-181
9. Two notes on Athenian Financial Documents-205
10. Athenian Finance in the Peloponnesian War-215
11. Athens and the Western Greeks: C. 500-413 B.C.-259
12. 'Epigraphically the Twenties are Too Late...'-281
13. Formal Dating Criteria for Fifth Century Attic Inscriptions-315
14. Athens and Eleusis: Some New Ideas-325
15. The Protected Fund in the Athenian Coinage Decree (ATL D 14, par 7f)-347
16. The Mysterious 3000 Talents of the First Kallias Decree-353
17. The Language of Athenian Imperialism-361
18. The Athenian Proxeny Decree, IG 1^2 30 + 23 (SEG 10.20)-387
19. Three Attic Decrees-391
20. Vocabulary Change and Epigraphic Dating-399
21. The Second Athenian Coinage Decree-403
22. The Tribute Quota Lists from 430 to 425 B.C.-427
23. Coins and Amphoras-Chios, Samos and Thasos in the Fifth Century B.C.-435
24. The Athenian Decree for Miletos )IG 1^2, 22 + = ATL II, D 11): A Postscript-453
25. The Athenian Nike Temple Reconsidered-461
26. The Alliance of Athens with Egesta-473
27. The Athenian Coinage Decree and the Assertion of Empire-477
28. Methodology in Fifth-Century Greek History-487
29.The Jordan Hoard (IGCH 1482) and Kimon's Last Campaign-497
30. Some Fifth-Century Attic Epigraphic Hands-505

Appendices
1. Chios and the Athenian Standards Decree-521
2. The First Athena Nike Decree, IG 1^3 35-522
3. Athens and Herakleides of Klazomenai, IG 1^3 227 + II^2 65-523
4.Athens, Methone, and Aphytis, IG 1^3 61 and 62-525
5. Concordance-528

Indices
Index Rerum et Regionum-537
Index Nominum-545
Index Locorum-551

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 584pp.
  • 13 photographs.
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  • Hardcover
  • 1997
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  • 978-0-472-10656-1

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Keywords

  • Athens, Athenian, classical studies, classics, classical history, Greek, Greece, ancient history, antiquity, archaeology, archaeological, ancient coins, civic inscriptions, religious inscriptions, political decrees, Attica, social science

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