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By Brian Rutishauser

In Athens and the Cyclades: fiscal suggestions 540-314 BC, Brian Rutishauser examines the background and economic climate of the island quarter often called the Cyclades in the course of the past due 6th to overdue fourth centuries BC. whereas convinced features of geography within the Cyclades remained consistent via historic Greek background, the islanders have been in a position to adapt to altering stipulations and to altering hegemony imposed from outdoors the zone, so as to bring up monetary prosperity.

By the time of the Persian Wars lots of those islands had their very own naval forces, coinage, and huge structure. through the 5th century Athens validated a naval hegemony over the sector, which placed an finish to those practices. until eventually the Peloponnesian battle, the Athenians maintained balance yet redirected wealth generated from trade and the export of neighborhood island items during the money of tribute and other kinds of taxation. the tip of the Peloponnesian warfare observed a interval of Spartan rule, by way of a resurgence of Athenian energy and a interval of moving hegemonies. in the course of the moment 1/2 the fourth century, a few of the Cyclades renewed neighborhood huge building and the difficulty of neighborhood coinage. The Cyclades can have prospered in this interval as a result of their mutual monetary pursuits with Athens, a symbiotic courting which continued after the cave in of the second one Athenian League to the tip of Athenian keep watch over of the temple of Delian Apollo.

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144 Siphnos had 5,000 inhabitants in 1700,145 although modern figures have been more in the range of 3,000–4,000. 147 Keos has seen widely-varying estimates of its ancient population, from 4,000 to 10,000148 inhabitants during Classical times. Naxos may have been the most populated in the late Archaic period. 150 The available arable land in the Cyclades appears from survey evidence to have been more thoroughly exploited in antiquity, especially in the Classical period, than in more modern times (see below).

Sheedy 2006, 27, however, posits that more research must be done before the walls can be firmly dated. 37 Mendoni 1994, 152; Cherry, Davis, and Mantzourani 1991b, 237. 6 C486–487. Mendoni 1994, 150. 40 41 Mazarakis-Ainian 1998. 55. 42 43 Hdt. H. 67. Bent 1885, 337. 44 Reger 2004, 763; Brun 1997, 407–8; Amandry 1953; Kokkorou-Alevras 1992 and 2000; Fuchs and Floren 1987, 151 and 161; Costa 1997, 131–45; Constantakopoulou 2007, 44–6. 47 Naxos will figure predominantly in our study, not just as a regional power in the late Archaic period but also because of its often turbulent relationship with Athens in the Classical period.

125 The status of the temple of Apollo on Delos as a religious centre for the Cyclades could have provided a focus for peer-polity competition 118 Renfrew and Wagstaff 1982, 289. Renfrew and Wagstaff 1982, 286–7. 120 Cherry 1986, 24. 121 Nixon and Price 1990, 165–6. 122 Haggett, Cliff, and Frey 1977, 436–8. 123 Mycenae: Renfrew 1975 and Hope Simpson and Dickinson 1979; Minoan Crete: Soetens, Sarris, and Vansteenhuyse 2002. 124 Renfrew 1975, 13–14. 125 Renfrew 1975, 19. 126 Although useful, this analysis should not be pressed too far.

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