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EPEOS-EPOMENA (CT)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  10/11/18) Appendix 1 Sources for the Argonaut Epos Homer, conventionally dated to the eighth century, refers to the homeward voyage of the Argo from Aietes Od. 12.69ff) and describes the dangers of the Planktai (Roving Rocks) (Od. 12.59ff). In the Iliad (7.470-73; cf. 21.40-1), … Continue reading

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EPEOS-EPOMENA (E)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  21/08/17) E. Does Homer provide evidence of Bronze Age Greek contacts with Anatolia and the Pontos? Homer is conventionally dated to the eighth century. However, a passage in the Odyssey (12.70) refers to the Argo as being “in all men’s minds” … Continue reading

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THE EPIGRAPHICAL SCIENCE AS A RESOURCE FOR ROMAN LYDIA AND PHRYGIA ANAPLASIS (Vlast)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 5/04/17)   ended with a confession or a preliminary examination including giving an oath of innocence with a conditional self-curse. Taking an oath/depositing a curse meant giving the last word to the gods, who were expected to … Continue reading

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EPEOS-EPOMENA (D)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 5/03/16) D. How ancient is the connection between Greece and the Black Sea region? There is a good deal of evidence of Greek contacts with Anatolia. Note first that place names with non-Indo-European terminations in -ssos or … Continue reading

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THE EPIGRAPHICAL SCIENCE AS A RESOURCE FOR ROMAN LYDIA AND PHRYGIA ANAPLASIS (IV)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 20/04/16) I.3. Cult Associations An impressive number of cult associations are on record in Roman Lydia and Phrygia.94 All these associations occupied with the religious and material aspects of the sanctuary and composed mostly of individuals of … Continue reading

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THE EPIGRAPHICAL SCIENCE AS A RESOURCE FOR ROMAN LYDIA AND PHRYGIA ANAPLASIS (III)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 28/06/15) I.2. Junior Cult PersonnelUnder this heading, I include the following categories: diakonoi, douloi tôn theôn, hierodouloi,hieroi, and hypotaktikoi theôn. Not only do they all have their place in Lydian and  Phrygian sanctuaries, but their legal and … Continue reading

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EPEOS-EPOMENA (C)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 1/05/15) II. Epos and Economic Potentialities For the historical economist the next question is obvious: “Is the trade relationship –purple-dyed Thessalian fleece sold in Kolchis for gold — more or less consistent with economic potentialities, or is … Continue reading

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Law and Economy in Classical Athens (IV last)

(being continued from   20/01/15) PART 2.6 The preliminary skirmishes between Dareius and Dionysodorus serve to remind students of Athenian Law that a  trial in court was often only the last step in a long series  of maneuvers between litigants. Whatever … Continue reading

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THE EPIGRAPHICAL SCIENCE AS A RESOURCE FOR ROMAN LYDIA AND PHRYGIA ANAPLASIS (II)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 4/08/14) I.1. Senior Cult Officials At the head of the senior cult personnel of village shrines were priests and priestesses. Priests outnumbered the priestesses, especially in Phrygia; in both regions, husbands and wives are found sharing office, … Continue reading

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EPEOS-EPOMENA (B)

The Argonaut Epos and Bronze Age Economic History (BEING CONTINUED FROM 10/02/13 ) E. At Lemnos: Was it free trade or free love? In the Argonaut myth the island of Lemnos is ruled by women who had “murdered” all the … Continue reading

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Law and Economy in Classical Athens (III)

(being continued from  14/05/14) PART 2.1 When reading a court speech by an Attic orator, one must  always bear in mind that the speech presents only one sideof a case where there was at least one other side of the … Continue reading

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THE EPIGRAPHICAL SCIENCE AS A RESOURCE FOR ROMAN LYDIA AND PHRYGIA ANAPLASIS (I)

SOCIETY AND ECONOMY OF RURAL SANCTUARIES IN ROMAN LYDIA AND PHRYGIA In his oration Pro templis (written c. 386) addressed to the Emperor Theodosius, amid  vigorous protests against wanton destruction of pagan shrines by predatory monks, Libanius  offers a vivid … Continue reading

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Law and Economy in Classical Athens (II)

(being continued from  2/11/13) (to be continued) Edward M. Harris SOURCE HARVARD UNIVERSITY HELLENIC STUDIES

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Law and Economy in Classical Athens (I)

: [Demosthenes], “Against Dionysodorus”     “We who decide to engage in maritime trade and to entrust  our property to other men are clearly aware of thisfact: the borrower has an advantage over us in every respect.The borrower receives a … Continue reading

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EPEOS-EPOMENA (A)

The Argonaut Epos and Bronze Age Economic History The first part of this essay seeks to “decipher” the mythical component of the Argonaut epos and lay bare its underlying economic meaning. Stanford (1939: 181-82) makes clear that deciphering is required … Continue reading

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