By Nikolaos Papazarkadas
Landed wealth was once an important for the economies of all Greek city-states and, regardless of its peculiarities, Athens used to be no exception in that recognize. This monograph is the 1st exhaustive remedy of sacred and public - in different phrases the non-private - actual estate in Athens. Following a survey of recent scholarship at the subject, Papazarkadas scrutinizes literary, epigraphic, and archaeological facts so one can learn lands and different sorts of realty administered via the polis of Athens and its constitutional and semi-official subdivisions (such as tribes, demes, and non secular associations). opposite to prior anachronistic types which observed sacred realty as a thinly disguised type of nation estate, the writer perceives the sanctity of temene (sacred landholdings) as significant, either conceptually and economically. specifically, he detects a continuing hyperlink among sacred leases and cultic job. This hyperlink is markedly noticeable in specified situations: the border region often called Sacred Orgas, a continuing resource of rivalry among Athens and Megara; and the moriai, Athena's sacred olive-trees, whose crop was once the coveted prize of the Panathenaic video games. either subject matters are taken care of in separate appendices as are a number of different difficulties, now not least the socio-economic profile of these keen on the leasing of sacred estate, rising from an in depth prosopographical research. although, definite non-private landholdings have been secular and alienable, and their exploitation was once usually in line with monetary schemes assorted from these utilized with regards to temene. this offers the writer the chance to investigate and elucidate old notions of public and sacred ownership.
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