Financing the Athenian Fleet
Public Taxation and Social Relations
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
The costs of keeping substantial fleets afloat and the fiscal systems developed by maritime states in order to finance naval activity are important issues for historians interested in the social and economic changes undergone by major naval powers. ...
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In his account of the naval engagement between the Greek and Persian fleets at Artemision in 481/0, Herodotos sums up the achievements of the Greek side this way: "Of the Greeks on that day the Athenians bore themselves best . . . of the Athenians, Kleinias son of Alkibiades distin- guished himself campaigning with...
Part 1: The Establishment of the Institution
1. The Origin of the Trierarchy
As is the case with other Athenian institutions, the origin and early history of the trierarchy are fundamentally important but poorly documented. Hence their particulars remain—and unless entirely fresh evidence comes to view they will continue to remain—not susceptible to sturdy proof. ...
Part 2: Qualifications for the Trierarchy
2. Qualifications by Wealth
Apart from their relevance in an inquiry into the function of the institution, each of the aspects relating to qualifications for the trierarchy can elucidate some broader issues. The mode of recruitment and the rules about temporary or permanent exemption from the obligation, ...
The ascertainment of property owners liable to perform trierarchies must have taken place in the demes (see chapter 2). An important question that now needs to be clarified is whether in the preselection of nominees the authorities were assisted by centrally kept registers. ...
The Athenians viewed the trierarchy as a duty or tax (telos); exemption from it was termed ateleia and the person exempt was ateles. In this chapter, I discuss the various ways in which an individual might try to obtain a respite: regular exemption or the antidosis. ...
Part 3: Financial Responsibilities
5. The Crew
In dealing with a system of naval finance in which one part of the overall cost is paid by the state and another part comes from private outlays acquired through taxation, it is important to try to isolate the spheres of responsibility covered by the two main agents, the state and the trierarchs, and the distribution of burdens among individual trierarchs. ...
6. The Ship
Maintenance of naval materiel entailed huge costs. Generally, the construction of new ships and the proper upkeep of existing ones was to a fairly large degree the responsibility of the state. However, a significant part of that responsibility was in practice allocated to the trierarchs. ...
My previous assessment of the naval potential of Athens in terms of hulls (guided by the wish to obtain an idea about the magnitude of resources needed for maintenance) led to a clearly optimistic impression. ...
Part 4: Institutional Transformation
8. The Reforms
As Thucydides makes plain, wealthy Athenians were foremost among the champions of the oligarchic movement that in 411 spread from the army at Samos to Athens. The heavy burdens they had to bear because of the ongoing war became a breeding ground for financial grievances, and this factor gave additional impetus...
The huge requirements for funds to operate the awesome but costly engines of war, it has been argued, rendered the presence of an efficient fiscal infrastructure indispensable right after the creation at Athens of a large, state-owned fleet in the years 483/2-481/0. ...
Appendix: Standard Equipment
Page Count: 328
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 868198316
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