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

Author: Alfonso Moreno.
Publisher: Oxford Scholarship Online 2007.
Series: Oxford classical monographs.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alfonso Moreno.
ISBN: 1282563769 9781282563766 9780191711312 0191711314
OCLC Number: 823846360
Description: 1 online resource (440 pages)
Contents: Illustrations; Maps; Tables; Abbreviations; PART I. MODELS AND CALCULATIONS; PART II. ARCHAEOLOGY; PART III. LITERATURE; CONCLUSION; Appendix 1. Relevant Measures; Appendix 2. Land-Leases; Appendix 3. Athenian Law Taxing Lemnos, Imbros, and Scyros, 374/3 BC (GHI II 26); Appendix 4. The Regulation of the Grain Market; Appendix 5. Gazetteer of Grain Sources; Bibliography; Index Locorum; General Index.
Series Title: Oxford classical monographs.

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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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