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External Relations

Anthony T. Edwards

in Hesiod's Ascra

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236585
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236585.003.0002
External Relations

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This chapter describes the conflict between Perses and Hesiod, trade between Ascra and the outside world, arrangements for the pooling of village resources, and general relations between Ascra and Thespiae. It explores the main points of the arguments of Éouard Will, and David Tandy. It then deals with the role played by the inheritance system, land tenure, and debt in the arguments of Will and of Tandy. Hesiod holds out kerdos as the motive for undertaking trade. Trade for Hesiod's Ascra was probably a side activity at best, entered into sporadically and opportunistically. It concentrates on the question of whether basilēes from Thespiae exercise authority in Ascra. It is suggested that Ascrans interacted with Thespians individually, at the level of the household, and on a voluntary footing. Perhaps the influence of Thespiae's basilēes within Ascra represents an unintended, cumulative effect of such atomized, individual contacts.

Keywords: Ascra; Thespiae; Perses; Hesiod; Éouard Will; David Tandy; inheritance system; land tenure; debt

Chapter.  22732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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