New PDF release: Financing the Athenian Fleet

By Vincent Gabrielsen

to satisfy the large costs of keeping its robust army, democratic Athens gave filthy rich voters accountability for financing and commanding the fleet. referred to as trierarchs -- actually, send commanders -- they bore the bills of holding and repairing the ships, in addition to recruiting and provisioning their crews. The trierarchy grew right into a strong social establishment that used to be crucial to Athens and essentially liable for the city's naval prowess within the classical period.Financing the Athenian Fleet is the 1st full-length research of the monetary, logistical, and social association of the Athenian military. utilizing a wealthy number of assets, relatively the large physique of inscriptions that served as naval files, Vincent Gabrielsen examines the advance and serve as of the Athenian trierarchy and revises our figuring out of the social, political, and ideological mechanisms of which that establishment used to be a component. Exploring the workings, ships, and equipment of Athens' army, Gabrielsen explains how a big, expensive, and powerful operation used to be run because of the voluntary provider and contributions of the rich trierarchs. He concludes with a dialogue of the wider implications of the connection among Athens' democracy and its wealthiest citizens."This is a wonderful publication: an unique, well-researched, and compelling therapy of the monetary association of the Atheniannavy, from which Gabrielsen expands our knowing of the functioning of Athens' democratic executive. specifically, he addresses the subject of ways democracy precipitated its richer individuals to not conceal their funds yet to spend it on behalf of Athens. Gabrielsen has mastered a wealthy physique of surprising -- and basic -- fabric which he offers with readability and intelligence. This booklet is an enormous contribution to Athenian social history." -- Robert Wallace, Northwestern University.

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