Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis: 4th Century BC to 2nd Century AD

Hardcover | January 31, 2013

EditorParaskevi Martzavou, Nikolaos Papazarkadas

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This volume richly illustrates the multiple ways in which epigraphy enables historical analysis of the postclassical polis (city-state) across a world of geographically dispersed poleis: from the Black Sea and Asia Minor to Sicily via the Aegean and mainland Greece. The collection of 16 paperslooks at themes such as the modes of interaction between polis and ruling powers, the construction of ethnic and social identity, interstate and civil conflict and its resolution, social economics, institutional processes and privileges, polis representations, ethics, and, not least, religiousphenomena. The contributions range from 'hard epigraphy' to sophisticated conceptual studies of aspects of the postclassical polis, and approach the inscriptions both as textual objects and as artefacts. The aim of this volume is to identify the postclassical polis both as a reality and as a constructedconcept, not only a monolithic block, but a result of tension in the exercise of different kinds of powers. All the individual contributions of this collective volume show that the postclassical polis, both as a reality and as a representation, is the result of negotiations, ancient and modern; butthey also illustrate how much of our understanding of the polis is built on patient, painstaking work on the inscriptions.

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This volume richly illustrates the multiple ways in which epigraphy enables historical analysis of the postclassical polis (city-state) across a world of geographically dispersed poleis: from the Black Sea and Asia Minor to Sicily via the Aegean and mainland Greece. The collection of 16 paperslooks at themes such as the modes of intera...

Paraskevi Martzavou is a postdoctoral Research Associate in Epigraphy as part of the Greek Emotions project in Oxford. After working as an archaeologist, she has specialized in the epigraphy, institutions, and religious history of the Hellenistic and Roman world. Nikolaos Papazarkadas is Assistant Professor of Classics at the Universi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of ContributorsList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsTable of ContentsP. Martzavou and N. Papazarkadas: Introduction: Epigraphy and the PolisPoleis and Ruling Powers1. M. B Hatzopoulos: Observations on the Pistiros Inscription2. P. Thonemann: Alexander, Priene, and Naulochon3. J. Prag: Sicilian Identity in the Hellenistic and Roman PeriodsPoleis in Conflict4. A. P. Matthaiou: An Arbitration Concerning Lampsakos and Parion5. G. Kantor: Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman AgeThe Social Economics of the Poleis6. A. Chaniotis: Public Subscriptions and Loans as Social Capital in the Hellenistic City: Reciprocity, Performance, Commemoration7. A. Ellis-Evans: The Ideology of Public SubscriptionsPoleis of Honour8. I. Salvo: Romulus and Remus at Chios Revisited: a Re-examination of SEG XXX 10739. W. Slater: The Victor's Return and the Categories of Games10. J. Ma: The History of Hellenistic Honorific Statues11. N. Papazarkadas: The Epigraphy of Honours at Siphnos: New EvidenceInstitutions, Ethics, Religion12. G. Malouchou: Two Overlooked Attic Inscriptions13. N. Kennell: Who Were the Neoi?14. B. Gray: Philosophy of education and the Later Hellenistic Polis15. S. Kravaritou: Thessalian Perceptions of the Ruler Cult: 'Archegetai' and 'Ktistai' from Demetrias16. A. Schachter and F. Marchand: Fresh Light on the Institutions and Religious Life of Thespiai: Six New Inscriptions from the Thespiai SurveyBibliographyIndex