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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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Friends Abroad: Food, Commerce, and the Economics of Benefaction

Friends Abroad: Food, Commerce, and the Economics of Benefaction

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(p.228) 9 Friends Abroad: Food, Commerce, and the Economics of Benefaction
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War, Food, and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283507.003.0010

This chapter considers how the Athenian polis was able to extract economic advantage from its relations with foreign individuals and communities. The chapter is divided into four sections. The first explains what aid overseas benefactors provided for the Athenian supply of grain and why such aid was provided when it was. The next three sections look at the commercial and institutional infrastructures of redistributing grain: prices, sources of grain, and the intervention of the polis in the commercial supply of grain from abroad through the institution of sitonia.

Keywords:   Athenian polis, grain, supply, overseas benefactor, prices, sources, sitonia

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