Athenian Democracy in Transition: Attic Letter-Cutters of by Stephen V. Tracy

By Stephen V. Tracy

Furthering his masterful new method of classifying and examining epigraphical information provided in Attic Letter-Cutters of 229 to 86 B.C., Stephen V. Tracy has produced a masterful examine of the inscriptions from the time of King Philip of Macedon, Alexander the good, Demosthenes, and Demetrios. unique examine of the fingers during this biggest crew of fundamental records has enabled him to supply a couple of new insights, corresponding to reassessing the occupation of Demetrios of Phaleron and taking factor with the widely approved view that Athenian democracy resulted in 322 B.C. with the defeat through the Macedonians at Krannon. Tracy items jointly stone files and exhibits that the "handwriting" of person stonecutters may be pointed out incidentally specific letters are lower into the stone. He bargains new readings, redatings, joins and institutions, as good as preliminary e-book of a few fragments from the excavations in the Athenian agora.

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25] Plutarch Demos . 1. , the autumn of 323) Demosthenes, in exile because of his conviction in the Harpalos affair, now began acting on his own initiative to gain allies for Athens in the Peloponnesos and to thwart Antipatros' agents. Hypereides, the principal democratic leader of the Athenians at this time, also spent some time in southern Greece seeking allies. [29] These two, among their city's most influential politicians, now joined in leading the political opposition to the Macedonians.

The food supply was always a matter for real concern. [3] It is most clearly attested in the multiple decrees [1] Ath. Pol . 4. [2] See S. Isager and M. H. C . (Odense 1975) 200-208; W. Will, Athen und Alexander , Münchener Beiträge zur Papyrusforschung und Antiken Rechtsgeschichte no. 77 (1983) 107-113; P. Garnsey, Famine and Food Supply in the GraecoRoman World (Cambridge 1988) 150-164. For a general discussion of those involved in the import of food, see H. Montgomery," 'Merchants Fond of Corn': Citizens and Foreigners in the Athenian Grain Trade," Symbolae OsIoenses 61 (1986) 43-61.

It, therefore, deserves to be recognized as the swan song of Athenian freedom. On that spring day so long ago, with the victories over Alexander's deputies, Antipatros and Leonnatos, and their seasoned Macedonian troops still fresh in mind and with hope of freedom very much alive, Hypereides' patriotic words of praise over the fallen will have stirred the blood: . (Epitaphios 24) The end of the bid for independence from Alexander's successors came quickly. The Greek fleet was defeated in the straits of Abydos within weeks of the speech,[34] and Krateros reached Macedonia with more troops for Antipatros.

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