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War, Food, and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens$
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G. J. Oliver

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283507.001.0001

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Piraeus and ‘Peraea’

Piraeus and ‘Peraea’

(p.48) 2 Piraeus and ‘Peraea’
War, Food, and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens

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This chapter examines two places of significance in the history of early Hellenistic Athens: the harbour-city of Piraeus and the island cleruchies of Lemnos, Imbros, and Skyros. Looking at the histories of Athens' harbour-city and these islands raise fundamental issues. The Piraeus provided the facilities to receive grain and other commodities brought by ship from abroad. The islands were not only potential sources of overseas grain but would facilitate the movement of commodities in and around the Aegean.

Keywords:   Hellenistic Athens, Athenian polis, commerce, Piraeus, cleruchies

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