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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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Military Manpower

Military Manpower

(p.173) 7 Military Manpower
War, Food, and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens

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The command structure and infrastructure of the fortified garrisons reveals how the defence of rural Attica was a central focus for the Athenian polis in the early Hellenistic period, particularly given the absence of state control over the harbours of Piraeus. The deployment of manpower, evolving in the late Classical and early Hellenistic period, complements these two areas. Epigraphical evidence from the fortress demes and from the city of Athens reveals a great deal about how the polis organized and deployed soldiers, particularly its own citizens. This chapter argues that the polis depended considerably on those citizens in both major military operations and garrison duties in Attica.

Keywords:   Attica, Athens, defence, Athenian polis, Hellenistic period, ephebes, garrison, fortified demes, soldiers

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