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Introduction

Papazarkadas Nikolaos

in Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694006
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694006.003.0001

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

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This introduction has a dual purpose. First, it poses the main questions that permeate the book, including the definition of the terms ‘public’ and ‘sacred’ in relation to land tenure. Second, it surveys the relevant modern scholarship from the 19th century onwards, focusing primarily albeit not exclusively on the case of Athens. Thus the author is able to trace the development of the key concepts over the last two hundred years or so, to identify the virtues and defects of the earlier literature, and ultimately to lay out new principles for investigating his topic.

Keywords: Public; sacred; land tenure; modern scholarshup; Athens

Chapter.  5808 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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