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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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People of Attica

People of Attica

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War, Food, and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens

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This chapter discusses how demographic factors affected economic concerns in Attica in the early Hellenistic period. Topics covered include demography and economics, labour and manpower, the population of 4th-century Attica, movements of people, settlement and demes in early Hellenistic Attica, and change in the archeology of Attica. It is shown that there was an overall fall in the population of Attica from the 4th to the 3rd century in most categories: citizens and slaves, and possibly also foreigners. The changes in population distribution may have contributed to a weakened rural economy. If settlement decline also saw diminished cultivation of the land, productivity may have also declined.

Keywords:   demographic factors, Hellenistic period, Attica, human resources, economics, labour movement, manpower

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