By James P. Sickinger
During this booklet, James Sickinger explores the use and maintenance of public files within the historical Athenian democracy of the archaic and classical periods.
Athenian public documents are such a lot usual from the survival of inscribed stelai, slabs of marble on that have been released decrees, treaties, monetary bills, and different kingdom records. operating mostly from proof provided by means of such inscriptions, Sickinger demonstrates that their texts really represented just a small a part of Athenian list protecting. extra various and extra general, he says, have been archival texts written on wood pills or papyri that have been made, and sometimes stored for prolonged classes of time, through Athenian officials.
Beginning with the laws of Drakon within the 7th century B.C., Sickinger lines the becoming use of written files through the Athenian kingdom over the subsequent 3 centuries, concluding with an exam of the Metroon, the kingdom archive of Athens, throughout the fourth century. hard assumptions approximately historical Athenian literacy, democracy, and society, Sickinger argues that the sensible use and renovation of legislation, decrees, and different kingdom files have been hallmarks of Athenian public lifestyles from the earliest occasions.