Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple

Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple : Ancient Acharnai


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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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  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 142 x 214 x 30mm | 579.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199645795
  • 9780199645794
  • 1,172,587

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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 provides a basis for further studies. Rebecca Futo Kennedy, The Classical Journal Online

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About Danielle L. Kellogg

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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