Financing the Athenian Fleet: Public Taxation and Social Relations

Financing the Athenian Fleet: Public Taxation and Social Relations

by Vincent Gabrielsen
     
 

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This is the first full-length study of the financial, logistical, and social organization of the Athenian navy. Using a rich variety of sources, particularly the enormous body of inscriptions that served as naval records, Vincent Gabrielsen examines the development and function of the Athenian trierarchy and revises our understanding of the social, political, and

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This is the first full-length study of the financial, logistical, and social organization of the Athenian navy. Using a rich variety of sources, particularly the enormous body of inscriptions that served as naval records, Vincent Gabrielsen examines the development and function of the Athenian trierarchy and revises our understanding of the social, political, and ideological mechanisms of which that institution was a part. He concludes with a discussion of the broader implications of the relationship between Athens' democracy and its wealthiest citizens.

"This is a marvelous book: an original, well-researched, and compelling treatment of the financial organization of the Athenian navy, from which Gabrielsen expands our understanding of the functioning of Athens' democratic government."—Robert Wallace, Northwestern University

"A very valuable book. Gabrielsen offers a comprehensive and careful investigation of the trierarchy which goes beyond the reconstruction of fiscals and military realia to place the institution in its social context."— Greece and Rome

"All will appreciate the significance of Gabrielsen's book, for he has demonstrated, more clearly than his predecessors in the study of the trierarchy, the delicate balance between the state and the 'private sector' in this supreme military installation."— American Historical Review

Vincent Gabrielsen is a professor of ancient history at the University of Copenhagen.

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In order to keep its powerful navy afloat, democratic Athens charged its leading citizens to finance the maintenance and repair of the ships and the recruitment and provisioning of the crews. Using naval records and other sources, Gabrielsen (classics, U. of Copenhagen) shows how the mechanisms worked and how the class of trierarch fit into the larger society and grew into a powerful institution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Historical Review

All will appreciate the significance of Gabrielsen's book, for he has demonstrated, more clearly than his predecessors in the study of the trierarchy, the delicate balance between the state and the 'private sector' in this supreme military installation.

— Mark Munn

Greece and Rome

A very valuable book. Gabrielsen offers a comprehensive and careful investigation of the trierarchy which goes beyond the reconstruction of fiscals and military realia to place the institution in its social context.

American Historical Review - Mark Munn

All will appreciate the significance of Gabrielsen's book, for he has demonstrated, more clearly than his predecessors in the study of the trierarchy, the delicate balance between the state and the 'private sector' in this supreme military installation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801899300
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/29/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Vincent Gabrielsen is a professor of ancient history at the University of Copenhagen. Born in Piraeus, Greece, he is the author of Remuneration of State Officials in Fourth Century BC Athens.

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