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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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Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens

Papazarkadas Nikolaos

Oxford University Press

The author offers a diachronic overview of the development of non-private landed property from ca. 500 to the early Roman period. The investigation shows that leasing constituted the canonical way by which such property became profitable, and that there was a firm distinction between sacred and public realty. It is true that the historical exigencies meant that the status of such properties, especially sacred ones, was occasionally questioned, but religious principles necessitated, at least on a deontological level, the preservation of their sanctity. This is emphatically stipulated in the Augustan decree for the restoration of the sacred properties, which tried to reverse chronic problems in the sector of non-private landed property during the Hellenistic period, problems that had arguably led to the decline of the administrators proper of the properties in question.

Keywords:   leasing, sacred realty, public realty, restoration of sacred properties

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