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Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens$
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Nikolaos Papazarkadas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694006.001.0001

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Public, Non-Sacred, Realty in Ancient Athens

Public, Non-Sacred, Realty in Ancient Athens

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Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens

Papazarkadas Nikolaos

Oxford University Press

Starting from D. M. Lewis’ famous observation that ‘the Athenian state never retained, worked, or leased anything called ge demosia (public land), the author carries out a full-scale survey of the epigraphical and literary evidence for non-sacred non-private realty, including quarries, and premises other than sacred buildings. Such types of properties did exist and were often communal, in the sense of being readily accessible to members of the communities. Looking back to chapter 3, it becomes clear that it was properties of this type that were alienated in the case of the Rationes Centesimarum. The central administration was not directly involved in the administration of such properties, presumably because it had handed this jurisdiction over to local associations, mainly, but not exclusively, the demes.

Keywords:   D.M.Lewis, non-sacred realty, public land, quarries, Rationes Centesimarum, central administration, local associations

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