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John K. Davies, Corridors, cleruchies, commodities, and coins: the pre-history of the Athenian Empire

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23 Maja 2013
Instytut Historyczny UW
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warszawa

Zakład Historii Starożytnej i Koło Starożytnicze Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego serdecznie zapraszają na wykład prof. Johna K. Daviesa (University of Liverpool) pt. Corridors, cleruchies, commodities, and coins: the pre-history of the Athenian Empire, który odbędzie się 23 maja 2013 (czwartek) o godzinie 18:30 w Instytucie Historycznym UW przy ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, s.125.
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The main thesis of this paper will be that the classic ‘Athenian Empire’ cannot be understood purely as a 5th-century growth but had deep roots in the 6th century. The initial impetus can be seen to have comprised systematic outreach into the Aegean during and after the Peisistratid period in three directions or corridors, (a) to and from the Black Sea, (b) through the Kuklades to Miletos, and (c) towards Thessaly and the Thermaic gulf. That outreach needs to be placed in a wider Eastern Mediterranean context where the Aegean states had joined Levantine exchange networks and where the Persian conquest of Phoenicia and the widespread adoption of the trireme had transformed power relations from the 520s onwards and had driven both a scramble for strategic commodities and routes of access and an enforced adoption of coinage. In response, post-Peisistratid Athens can be seen to have continued the dynasty’s strategy and routes of outreach with very little change and to have evolved by the 480s a strong expansionist-aggressive policy which the Persian invasion of the Aegean merely interrupted briefly.

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