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Athens and the CycladesEconomic Strategies 540-314 BC$
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Brian Rutishauser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646357.001.0001

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A (Nearly) Perfect Symbiosis?

A (Nearly) Perfect Symbiosis?

The Cyclades in the Later Fourth Century (355–314)

(p.189) 6 A (Nearly) Perfect Symbiosis?
Athens and the Cyclades

Brian Rutishauser

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the end of the Social War to the loss of Athenian control over Delos near the end of the fourth century. Although the most powerful allies of Athens had left the Second Athenian League, the Cyclades remained members until its final dissolution by Macedon. Positive relations between the Cyclades and Athens continued, however. Athens maintained a strong navy while largely avoiding military expansionism, and also required a greater variety of sources for its grain supply. Trade routes through the Cyclades became increasingly important because of this need for grain. The Cycladic communities renewed the minting of local coinage and the construction of temples and fortification walls, last seen on a wide scale in the late sixth century. This may indicate not only good political relations between the islands and Athens, but also symbiotic economic links that led to prosperity.

Keywords:   Delos, Second Athenian League, navy, grain, trade routes, coinage, temples

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