Athenian Democracy in Transition: Attic Letter-Cutters of by Stephen V. Tracy

By Stephen V. Tracy

Furthering his masterful new method of classifying and studying epigraphical facts provided in Attic Letter-Cutters of 229 to 86 B.C., Stephen V. Tracy has produced a masterful learn of the inscriptions from the time of King Philip of Macedon, Alexander the good, Demosthenes, and Demetrios. particular examine of the fingers during this biggest crew of basic files has enabled him to provide a couple of new insights, equivalent to reassessing the profession of Demetrios of Phaleron and taking factor with the generally accredited view that Athenian democracy resulted in 322 B.C. with the defeat via the Macedonians at Krannon. Tracy items jointly stone records and exhibits that the "handwriting" of person stonecutters may be pointed out incidentally specific letters are minimize into the stone. He deals new readings, redatings, joins and institutions, as good as preliminary e-book of a few fragments from the excavations in the Athenian agora.

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Since its discovery in the eighteenth century, it has naturally been taken to refer to the famous De[39] IG II 1201 lines 5-10. Another decree from just after Kassandros' assumption of control (Agora I 559 , published in Hesperia 4 [1935] 35-37) praises a military detachment of the tribe Kekropis for killing some public enemy or enemies. [40] The curse tablet published in MDAIA 85 (1970) 197-198 shows how close they were, for it associates Demetrios with Kassandros and his most trusted lieutenants, namely his brother Pleistarchos and his Macedonian general Eupolemos.

Sandbach, Menander: A Commentary (Oxford 1973) 128-129. [75] Diog. Laert. 79. [76] He has been heavily criticized (nn. 67 and 68 above). 41, who numbers them at 1,500; Diog. Laert. 20, more than 300; Plutarch Mor . 820e, 300. Surely these numbers as well as the story deserve no credence. Demetrios was no maddened megalomaniac who had to see his statue in every shop and on every street comer. Probably there were statues of Demetrios in Athens during his rule, but not a single base of one has yet been identified with certainty.

23. [71] Diog. Laert. 80-81 gives the tides of his works and describes him as nearly the most prolific of the Peripatetics. [73] At what stage Theophrastos' own massive work on the laws, his Nomoi , was at this time is unfortunately unclear. It appears that he either composed it soon after taking over as head of the Peripatos or in the first years of Demetrios' rule. In any case, he was able to give ample advice on the subject. See A. Szegedy-Maszak, The "Nomoi" of Theophrastus (New York 1981), for a new edition.

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