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The Strangeness of GodsHistorical Perspectives on the Interpretation of Athenian Religion$
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S.C. Humphreys

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269235.001.0001

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Lycurgus of Boutadai: an Athenian aristocrat

Lycurgus of Boutadai: an Athenian aristocrat

(p.77) 3 Lycurgus of Boutadai: an Athenian aristocrat
The Strangeness of Gods

S. C. Humphreys

Oxford University Press

This chapter follows the career of this Acropolis priest and statesman who dominated Athenian politics after the battle of Chaeronea. Although he symbolically associated himself with the golden age of Pericles, his practice was deeply conservative. The values of citizenship were promoted in his court speeches in eisangelia cases, where he acted as a self-appointed public prosecutor, and in rituals displaying the epheboi as an image of citizen manhood; but much of the business earlier debated in the Assembly was diverted to commissions of nomothetai. The work of the historian Phanodemos as one of Lycurgus’ associates and the contribution of other members of the Athenian elite to the ‘Lycurgan’ reform programme are re-evaluated. A long appendix discusses work done on the period during the last twenty years, especially in relation to Athens’ recovery of Oropos.

Keywords:   democracy, eisangelia, epheboi, Lycurgus, nomothetai, Oropos, Phanodemos

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