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Estimating Ancient Greek Populations

Simon Price

in Settlement, Urbanization, and Population

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199602353
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731570 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602353.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Estimating Ancient Greek Populations

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Back in 1990, the authors of this book explored the value of the Athenian Tribute Lists as a source of systematic information about 200 or more city-states in the Athenian empire. They were sceptical about the use of these data for demographic purposes, especially for states paying one talent or more in tribute. Instead, they argued that the Tribute Lists should be used as an index of the variations in local resources in the Aegean world. This chapter explores the value of another source of systematic information, namely archaeological field surveys, and argues that this source does offer a basis for estimating the populations of ancient Greek (and perhaps other) states.

Keywords: archaeological field surveys; ancient Greek states; population estimates; Athenian empire

Chapter.  7049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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