Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple: Ancient Acharnai by Danielle L. Kellogg

Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple: Ancient Acharnai

byDanielle L. Kellogg

Hardcover | September 8, 2013

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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 participationin 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 theworkings 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 "onesize 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 theanalysis 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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Title:Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple: Ancient AcharnaiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:September 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Acharnai, the largest of the demes of Attica: Site and Settlement2. For their hoplites numbered three thousand: Demography and Population3. And he made all the inhabitants in each of the demes fellow-demesmen of each Other: Politics and Economics4. Famous of old for brave men: Identity and Stereotypes5. Many of the citizens never visited the city even for the festivals: ReligionConspectusAppendix I:An Acharnian GazetteerAppendix II:Acharnian InscriptionsAppendix III:A Prosopography of AcharnaiBibliographyIndex