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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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The Athenian Polis as Administrator of Sacred Realty

The Athenian Polis as Administrator of Sacred Realty

(p.16) 2 The Athenian Polis as Administrator of Sacred Realty
Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens

Papazarkadas Nikolaos

Oxford University Press

This is the largest and arguably central chapter of the book, in which the author investigates real property administered by the polis of Athens, i.e., by the central government. He offers an exhaustive account of property belonging to Athena, as the poliadic goddess of Athens; to the so-called Other Gods; to new divinities, primarily Amphiaraos and Asklepios; and to the two Eleusinian Goddesses. After a thorough analysis of the Aristotelian Athenian Constitution 47.4-5, the key literary passage on Athenian administration of sacred lands, Papazarkadas investigates the financial mechanisms by which sacred rentals were invested in order to sustain cultic activity. Such schemes show the importance of sacred landholdings for the smooth function of Athenian religion. Finally, the author probes leasing within the wider frame of Athenian finances, especially in the Lykourgan period.

Keywords:   Athena, Other Gods, Amphiaraos, Asklepios, Eleusinian Goddesses, Athenian Constitution, sacred landholdings, sacred rentals, religion, finances, Lykourgan period

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