Feeding the Democracy: The Athenian Grain Supply in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BC

Forsideomslag
OUP Oxford, 25. okt. 2007 - 440 sider
The reliance of democracies on vital supplies of energy from distant and non-democratic sources is probably the most pressing and dangerous problem of modern times, but it is not a new phenomenon. Classical Athens, the birthplace of democracy and the largest and historically most important of the ancient Greek city-states, depended for its survival on the constant importation of grain from overseas lands as remote as Ukraine and southern Russia, and this trade was ultimately controlled by powerful politicians, wealthy landowners, and kings. Alfonso Moreno examines how this resource need determined Athenian foreign policy, prompting recourse to military conquest and ruthless resettlements, and how uncomfortable realities (especially elite control) were made acceptable to popular audiences.This study of ancient trade and politics reveals a Greek world as globalized as our own, and convulsed by the same problems that such interdependence and sophistication entail.
 

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The Ideology of theGrain Supply in Athenian Rhetoric
iv
Conclusion
cii
APPENDIX 1Relevant Measures
i
APPENDIX 2LandLeases
vii
APPENDIX 3Athenian Law Taxing Lemnos Imbros and Scyros 3743 BC GHI II 26
x
APPENDIX 4The Regulation of the Grain Market
xvii
APPENDIX 5Gazetteer of Grain Sources
iv
Bibliography
iii

3The Fruits of Empire
vii
The Athenian Grain Supply and Black Sea Archaeology
lxviii
Part IIILiterature
iii
Index Locorum
xxiv
INDEX
xxv
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Om forfatteren (2007)

Alfonso Moreno is Andrew and Randall Crawley Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Magdalen College, Oxford University.

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