Epigraphy and the Greek Historian

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Epigraphy is a method of inferring and analyzing historical data by means of inscriptions found on ancient artifacts such as stones, coins, and statues. It has proven indispensable for archaeologists and classicists, and has considerable potential for the study of ancient history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Epigraphy and the Greek Historian is a collection of essays that explore various ways in which inscriptions can help students reconstruct and understand Greek ...

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Overview

Epigraphy is a method of inferring and analyzing historical data by means of inscriptions found on ancient artifacts such as stones, coins, and statues. It has proven indispensable for archaeologists and classicists, and has considerable potential for the study of ancient history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Epigraphy and the Greek Historian is a collection of essays that explore various ways in which inscriptions can help students reconstruct and understand Greek History.

In order to engage with the study of epigraphy, this collection is divided into two parts, Athens and Athens from the outside. The contributors maintain the importance of epigraphy, arguing that, in some cases, inscriptions are the only tools we have to recover the local history of places that stand outside the main focus of ancient literary sources, which are often frustratingly Athenocentric. Ideally, the historian uses both inscriptions and literary sources to make plausible inferences and thereby weave together the disconnected threads of the past into a connected and persuasive narrative. Epigraphy and the Greek Historian is a comprehensive examination of epigraphy and a timely resource for students and scholars involved in the study of ancient history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802090690
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 9/20/2008
  • Series: Phoenix Supplementary Volumes Series , #47
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Cooper is a professor in the Department of Classics and associate dean of Arts at the University of Winnepeg.
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Table of Contents

Epigraphical sigla

Phillip Edward Harding : list of publications

Pt. 1 Athens

Drakonian procedure David Mirhady Mirhady, David 15

Hypereides, Aristophon, and the settlement of Keos Craig Cooper Cooper, Craig 31

Athenians in Sicily in the fourth century BC David Whitehead Whitehead, David 57

IG ii[superscript 2] 1622 and the collection of naval debts in the 340s Kathryn Simonsen Simonsen, Kathryn 68

The slave-names of IG i[superscript 3] 1032 and the ideology of slavery at Athens Bruce Robertson Robertson, Bruce 79

Pt. 2 Athens from the outside : the wider Greek world

Theopompos and the public documentation of fifth-century Athens Frances Pownall Pownall, Frances 119

Horton hears an Ionian Gordon Shrimpton Shrimpton, Gordon 129

Rescuing local history : epigraphy and the island of Thera Sheila Ager Ager, Sheila 150

Index of sources 177

Index of names 187

Index of places 191

General index 194

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