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    DescriptionLanded wealth was crucial for the economies of all Greek city-states and, despite its peculiarities, Athens was no exception in that respect. This monograph is the first exhaustive treatment of sacred and public - in other words the non-private - real property in Athens. Following a survey of modern scholarship on the topic, Papazarkadas scrutinizes literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence in order to examine lands and other types of realty administered by the polis of Athens and its constitutional and semi-official subdivisions (such as tribes, demes, and religious associations). Contrary to earlier anachronistic models which saw sacred realty as a thinly disguised form of state property, the author perceives the sanctity of temene (sacred landholdings) as meaningful, both conceptually and economically. In particular, he detects a seamless link between sacred rentals and cultic activity. This link is markedly visible in two distinctive cases: the border area known as Sacred Orgas, a constant source of contention between Athens and Megara; and the moriai, Athena's sacred olive-trees, whose crop was the coveted prize of the Panathenaic games. Both topics are treated in separate appendices as are several other problems, not least the socio-economic profile of those involved in the leasing of sacred property, emerging from a detailed prosopographical analysis. However, certain non-private landholdings were secular and alienable, and their exploitation was often based on financial schemes different from those applied in the case of temene. This gives the author the opportunity to analyze and elucidate ancient notions of public and sacred ownership.


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    Title
    Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nikolaos Papazarkadas
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199694006
    ISBN 10: 0199694001
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: KCZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 500
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    DC22: 938
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, HIS002010, LCO003000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAG
    DC22: 333.709385
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    LC classification: HD134 .P37 2011
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    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: KCZ, NHC, QRS
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    17 December 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Nikolaos Papazarkadas has taught at Oxford and Trinity College Dublin, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of California at Berkeley. He specializes in Greek Epigraphy and has published extensively on inscriptions from Athens and the Cyclades.
    Review quote
    In this ambitious and often erudite book, Papazarkadas takes up the challenge of elucidating the origins and nature of land (as well as built structures) that fell under the control or ownership of various corporate entities, ranging from phratries and demes to the polis itself as a manager of land ascribed to one deity or another William S. Bubelis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review [an] admirable book ... [Papazarkadas] showcases the relevant literary and lexicographic evidence ... he is scrupulous in not pushing this evidence, often fragmentary and/or problematic in other ways, further than it can properly go; unfailingly polite in assessing the work of his predecessors in the fi eld; and disarmingly modest when making his own (many and various) contributions to the topic. David Whitehead, Classical Review
    Table of contents
    1. INTRODUCTION: MODERN SCHOLARLY RESPONSES ; 2. THE ATHENIAN POLIS AS ADMINISTRATOR OF SACRED REALTY ; 2.1. A preliminary note ; 2.2. The landed wealth of Athena Polias and the Other Gods ; 2.3. The sacred property of the Eleusinian Goddesses: administrative aspects ; 2.4. The new polis-gods as proprietors of realty ; 2.5. Athenaion Politeia 47.4-5 and the leasing of sacred lands in Classical Athens ; 2.6. Investing sacred rentals ; 2.7. The economic significance of sacred rentals ; 3. THE CONSTITUTIONAL SUBUNITS OF ATHENS AS ADMINISTRATORS OF REALTY ; 3.1. The landed assets of the Attic tribes ; 3.1.i. The early phase ; 3.1.ii. The Athenian reacquisition of Oropos and the tribal land allotment ; 3.1.iii. Administration of phyle-properties and tribal economics ; 3.2. The real property of the Attic demes ; 3.2.i. Prolegomenon ; 3.2. ii. The mechanism of leasing ; 3.2.iii. Other forms of deme property administration ; 3.2.iv. Sales of lands controlled by demes ; 3.2.v. Rentals, deme economics, and religion ; 3.2.vi. Non-sacral deme property ; 3.2.vii. Lessees and purchasers of deme properties ; 3.2.viii. The territorial aspect of the Attic demes ; 3.2.ix. Epilogue ; 4. THE NON-CONSTITUTIONAL ASSOCIATIONS OF ATHENS AS ADMINISTRATORS OF REALTY ; 4.1. The real property of the Attic phratries ; 4.1.i. Types of phratric realty ; 4.1.ii. Exploitation of phratric realty ; 4.2. The Attic gene and their landed property ; 4.2.i. Introductory remark ; 4.2.ii. The landed wealth of the Salaminioi: a case-study ; 4.2.iii. Gentilician property: beyond the Salaminioi ; 4.2.iv. An overview ; 4.3. The real property of the Attic orgeones ; 4.3.i. Leasing out orgeonic property ; 4.3.ii. Sales of orgeonic property and the problem of alienation ; 4.3.iii. Lessees and purchasers of orgeonic property: some considerations ; 4.4. Other types of associations as property administrators ; 5. PUBLIC, NON-SACRED, REALTY IN ANCIENT ATHENS ; 5.1. The evidence ; 5.2. An interpretative analysis ; 6. CONSPECTUS ; APPENDICES ; Appendix I: The Sacred Orgas ; Appendix II: Moriai: Sacred arboriculture in Classical Athens ; Appendix III: IG II2 1593 revisited ; Appendix IV: The Theodoreion of the Prasieis ; Appendix V: The genos of the Pyrrhakidai ; Appendix VI: The split of the Salaminioi and the eponymous archon Phanomachos ; Appendix VII: Catalogue of lessees and guarantors of polis-controlled temene ; BIBLIOGRAPHY