Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple: Ancient Acharnai

Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple: Ancient Acharnai

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By (author) Danielle L. Kellogg

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 214mm x 30mm | 580g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199645795
  • ISBN 13: 9780199645794
  • Sales rank: 772,833

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In ancient Athenian democracy there were one hundred and thirty-nine official demes, or recognized population centres, which formed the foundation of the political system introduced by Kleisthenes in 508/7 BC. Enrolment in one of these demes was a prerequisite for citizenship and participation in the Athenian socio-political system. Acharnai was by far the largest of the Kleisthenic demes and one of the best known from the ancient sources, most notably Thucydides and Aristophanes' comedy Acharnians; it therefore provides a rare opportunity for a comprehensive investigation into the workings of a rural deme. In this volume, Kellogg combines literary, prosopographical, epigraphical, and archaeological evidence to create an encompassing overview of this dynamic and historical settlement with a well-developed identity and unique traditions. Such an investigation also functions as a corrective to a 'one size fits all' approach to rural Attica, which privileges the city and its political and economic opportunities over the countryside where most of the Athenian citizenry lived. This volume constitutes a new and distinctive contribution to the study of ancient Athens, and is a major advance in the analysis of the critically important role of the Attic demes in the economic, political, social, and religious structures of Athenian democracy.

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Danielle L. Kellogg is Assistant Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She has previously published several articles on various aspects of Greek history and epigraphy.

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this is a solid and reliable guide to the ancient deme of Acharnai. Kellogg writes clearly and shows a secure knowledge of the relevant literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence. Jeremy Trevett, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

PREFACE ; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ; ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. Acharnai, the largest of the demes of Attica: Site and Settlement ; 2. For their hoplites numbered three thousand: Demography and Population ; 3. And he made all the inhabitants in each of the demes fellow-demesmen of each Other: Politics and Economics ; 4. Famous of old for brave men: Identity and Stereotypes ; 5. Many of the citizens never visited the city even for the festivals: Religion ; CONSPECTUS ; APPENDIX I ; An Acharnian Gazetteer ; APPENDIX II ; Acharnian Inscriptions ; APPENDIX III ; A Prosopography of Acharnai ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX