Annabel Florence
Annabel Florence

Project Title: The Public Finances of Fourth-Century BC Athens

Principal Advisor: Dr David Pritchard

Project Abstract: This thesis will be the first systematic study of the public finances of fourth-century Athens. Traditionally scholars saw the century after Peloponnesian War as one of decline. However, scholars now believe that Athens' recovery after the Peloponnesian War was swift and that it went from strength to strength throughout the fourth century. In spite of this reappraisal we do not know how Athens was able to pay for its festivals, politics and wars without the tribute of the fifth-century empire. Using the narrative histories, legal and political speeches, and inscriptions of fourth-century Athens this thesis will identify how and where this state raised its revenue and spent it. It will consider too how Athens managed its income to meet its expenditure and how the Athenian dēmos ('people') thought about public finances.

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