Boiotia in Antiquity: Selected Papers by Albert Schachter, Hans Beck

By Albert Schachter, Hans Beck

Boiotia used to be - subsequent to Athens and Sparta - some of the most vital areas of historical Greece. Albert Schachter, a number one professional at the zone, has for lots of a long time pioneered and fostered the exploration of it and its humans via his learn. His seminal guides have lined all features of its background, associations, cults, and literature from past due Mycenaean instances to the Roman Empire, revealing a mastery of the epigraphic facts, archaeological facts, and the literary culture. This quantity very easily brings jointly twenty-three papers (two formerly unpublished, others revised and up to date) which show a compelling highbrow coherence and a story sort refreshingly resistant to jargon. All significant subject matters of Boiotian background from early Greece to Roman instances are touched upon, and the publication may be learn as a background of Boiotia, in items.

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12 Introduction perhaps non-existent, the number of actual identifiable places listed, both large and small, is high: Aulis, Thespiai, Mykalessos, Erythrai, Kopai, Eutresis, Thisbe, Koroneia, Haliartos, Plataia, Hypothebai, Onchestos, Anthedon, Orchomenos, and, if we accept the equation, Graia for Tanagra. This would leave unaccounted for only the later poleis of Chaironeia, Lebadeia, Hyettos, and Akraiphia: all of these were, like Kopai, originally within the sphere of Orchomenos. Hyettos and Akraiphia probably did not become independent until the sixth century, Lebadeia until the fifth.

Disagreement, disharmony, and resentment are normal features of a federation, and do not necessarily mean that it is not functioning well, for it could not do otherwise. With all this against it, one asks what benefits arise from having a federal state. The answer is that it is better than nothing, especially when there is an external threat which can be confronted successfully only by united action, or if there is a question of its members protecting themselves against being overwhelmed by any single member of the union.

10 Introduction A study of the votive offerings found at her sanctuary on Aigina has shown that Aphaia was a kourotrophos: figurines – Mycenaean as well as Hellenic – depict a woman with a babe in arms. 12 She may also lurk behind the Boiotian tendency to locate the births of major deities in Boiotia: Zeus at Chaironeia, Thebes and Plataia, Athena near the Alalkomeneion, Dionysos at Thebes, Apollo at Tegyra, Hermes at Tanagra, Herakles at Thebes. The two other identifiable deities named on the tablets – Hera and Hermes – were not major cult figures in the Greek polis of Thebes.

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