Classics@23: The Athenian Empire Anew: Acting Hegemonically, Reacting Locally in the Athenian Arkhē

  Hershkowitz, Aaron, and Michael McGlin, eds. 2023. “The Athenian Empire Anew: Acting Hegemonically, Reacting Locally in the Athenian Arkhē." With Thomas Figueira, senior ed. Special issue, Classics@ 23.

This collection derives from a conference panel organized by the Working Group on Athenian Hegemony.… Our call for papers for the Montreal panel adumbrates some of the themes that are covered in the selection of papers that appear in the present collection:

The goal of this panel is to […] continue to flesh out our understanding of life in the poleis of the Athenian arkhē in its specific manifestations. How did the increased availability of resources collected from the allies affect Athenian constitution and society? What actions could, and did, Athenians or allies as individuals and groups take to steer alliance policy, especially outside of simple appeal to the ekklēsia? Did Athenian propaganda, often conducted on a religious plane, have lasting effects on local cult practice? What internal changes are detectable in the poleis opposed to the arkhē, as they adjusted to the new political and economic landscape of the Mediterranean? How did life in arkhē manifest in an individual or popular experience? We hope that by moving away from simplistic moral evaluations of Athenian ‘imperialism’ we shall be able to enrich our understanding of the fifth century and the monumental changes in Greek civilization that it witnessed.

– From the Introduction

Table of Contents

Title Page and Dedication

Thomas Figueira, Introduction

1. David A. Teegarden, “The Athenian Empire and Resistance to Tyranny.”

2. Hilary J. C. Lehmann, “Lessons from Home: Remembering the Arkhē in Fourth Century Oratory.”

3. Danielle Smotherman Bennett, “My Fair Lady: Exploring Social Change through Athenian Vase-Painting in the Fifth Century BCE.”

4. Brian Rutishauser, “Trade Routes, Location, and Naval Power: Corcyra’s Potential as an Athenian Ally in 431 BCE and Beyond.”

5. Michael McGlin, “Loans from Attic Temples to the State.”

6. Aaron Hershkowitz, “Kleon and Tribute: Re-Examining the Import of Financial Expertise in Athenian Statesmanship.”

7. Thomas Figueira, “The Membership of the Early Delian League” [with accompanying Table].