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By G. E. M. de Ste. Croix

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This can be a safeguard of the Athenian democracy by means of an outstanding radical historian. Geoffrey de Ste. Croix indicates how even its oddest good points made feel, and illustrates the various components influencing Athenian politics--for example, alternate and advertisement pursuits mattered little or no. although written within the Nineteen Sixties, those hitherto unpublished essays stay clean and cutting edge.

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I begin with the cavalry and the telos of Hippeis. In the first place, we never have a hint in any source that the word i‘ ppe&iB can mean two quite different things: the telos of Hippeis, and the actual serving cavalry. Xenophon, our principal authority, can occasionally speak of t o i‘ ppik on86 but he normally calls the cavalry 87 & of Aristophanes’ play of that name are i‘ ppe&iB. 88 The telos of Hippeis evidently played little or no part in anyone’s consciousness. That becoming a cavalryman, at any rate in the fourth century, depended in any sense upon membership of a telos of i‘ ppe&iB or i‘ pp ada telo &ynteB, or for that matter upon the possession of any time¯ma expressed in quantitative terms, seems to me entirely excluded by the negative evidence, above all that of Xenophon, Hipparch.

Miss L. H. Jeffery, ap. R. M. Cook, in Historia 7 [1958] 258 n. 12). 38 Athenian Democratic Origins began to coin much before Athens and Corinth, and that although the first ‘turtles’ may be late seventh century they are just as likely to be c. 140 It is possible, therefore, that coinage was virtually unknown in Solon’s Attica, except to those who had travelled to western Asia Minor. At the date of Solon’s legislation, then, neither Athens nor any other Greek state on the west side of the Aegean was coining money, with the possible exception of Aegina, and in Attica of the 590s coinage could have been little used for everyday transactions, if at all.

133 However, even here there is a step in the right direction, as will become apparent in due course. 3. ’136 For ‘corn’ we must of course read ‘barley’. , Sol. 1–2. Neither Jarde´, CAG I 314, to which Miss Chrimes refers, nor Jarde´’s article, ‘PentZkont axoyB’, in REA 12 (1910) 373–6, provides any foundation that I can see for her statement that ‘the plot of land in fourth-century Attica was expressed in terms of the amount of barley required to sow it’. 133 Op. cit. (n. 129 above) 4. Cf. id.

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