Under the Arkhē

Brian Rutishauser

in Athens and the Cyclades

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646357
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746246 | DOI:
Under the Arkhē

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This chapter describes conditions in the Cyclades under Athenian hegemony of the fifth century. The formation of the Delian League ended the local operation of warships, local coinage, and local construction. The level of commerce through the region may have increased, but Athens appropriated some of the wealth that was generated, predominantly through the payment of tribute and the levying of a tax on commerce late in the Peloponnesian War. This tax, combined with political disunity in Athens, led several of the islands to revolt from the League before its eventual collapse.

Keywords: Athenian; Delian League; tribute; commerce; tax; Peloponnesian War

Chapter.  25725 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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