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19 Nov 2018

Updates #4: Athenian state decrees between II and I cent. BCE

by Stefano Tropea

Between the II and the I cent. BCE, in the Greek world shaped by the Romans after 168 and 146 BCE, the epigraphical landscape of Athens appears to undergo an evolution that paralleled the redefinition of political relationships both outside and inside the polis. If on one side the Athenian institutions still dedicated great attention to juridical and religious issues, it was again on the honours to local individuals and groups that they concentrate their energies in the attempt to provide the…
21 Nov 2018

Updates #5: Inscriptions from the southwest corner of the Agora: poletai accounts and prytany inscriptions

by Irene Berti

Collecting all the inscriptions and the fragments of inscriptions found in the Southwest corner of the Agora, two categories of documents stand out for the high concentration of finding spots in this area: the poletai accounts and the prytany inscriptions. While the first category is a fourth century phenomenon, the second has a very long story. The poletai accounts, written usually on very simple stelai, had no publication clause, but the extraordinary concentration of the fragments in the…
21 Nov 2018

Updates #6: Inscribed laws in post-403/2 BCE Athens

by Antonia Di Tuccio

The IV cent. BCE represents a turning point both in the history of Athens and in its epigraphical landscape. After the Peloponnesian War, Athens lost its leading role in Greece and underwent changes in its political, institutional and socio-economic order, which would have led to the arrangement of Hellenistic-Roman society. Likewise, in the epigraphic landscape there were some novelties which would have strengthened in the following centuries. Particularly, the Agora and other locations began…
21 Nov 2018

Updates #7: Public inscriptions from Ag. Demetrios Katiphoris

by Martina Zerbinati

An eastern section of the Late Roman circuit wall (the so called post-Herulian wall, probably built after the raids of the Herulians in 267/268 BCE) was found in 1861 in the late Byzantine church of Ag. Demetrios Katiphoris, within Athens Plaka’s district. The section of the wall uncovered different types of fragments reused as building materials, such as bases of statues, fragments of sculptures, herms and a large number of honorary and ephebic inscriptions. References to the Diogeneion found…