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Athenian Democracy In Transition: Attic Letter-cutters Of 340 To 290 B.c.
by Stephen V. Tracy
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Furthering his masterful new approach to classifying and interpreting epigraphical data presented in Attic Letter-Cutters of 229 to 86 B.C., Stephen V. Tracy has produced a masterful study of the inscriptions from the time of King Philip of Macedon, Alexander the Great, Demosthenes, and Demetrios. Detailed study of the hands in this largest group of primary documents has enabled him to offer a number of new insights, such as reassessing the career of Demetrios of Phaleron and taking issue with the commonly accepted view that Athenian democracy ended in 322 B.C. with the defeat by the Macedonians at Krannon.
Tracy pieces together stone documents and shows that the "handwriting" of individual stonecutters can be identified by the way particular letters are cut into the stone. He offers new readings, redatings, joins and associations, as well as initial publication of some fragments from the excavations in the Athenian agora.
Text: English, Greek
About the Author
Stephen V. Tracy is Professor and Chairman of Classics at Ohio State University, Columbus, and author of Attic Letter-Cutters of 229 to 86 B.C. (California, 1990)
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