The Non-Constitutional Associations of Athens as Administrators of Realty

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:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

The Non-Constitutional Associations of Athens as Administrators of Realty

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Athens abounded in semi-public religious associations—phratries, gene, orgeones, etc.—which often exploited land to raise income for their cultic activity. Of particular interest is a dossier of documents concerning the genos of the Salaminioi which appears to have owned an assortment of landed assets near Sounion. The link between sacred rentals and cultic activity, observed on all levels of administration, becomes clear in the case of the sacrificial calendar of the genos. Other associations were not that different, and whenever the status quo of their property was challenged reaffirmation of the sanctity of such property seems to have been the normal response. It may not be a coincidence that associations that alienated their property in the framework of the Rationes Centesimarum subsequently disappeared.

Keywords: Phratries; gene; orgeones; Salaminioi; sacred rentals; alienation; Rationes Centesimarum

Chapter.  22578 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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