By P. J. Rhodes
This tremendous brand new and an expert paintings is extra in-depth than an easy evaluation. Rhodes is a piece of writing genius and offers the resource citations unobtrusively for each unmarried factor he says. you could therefore tune down the root of each declare or assertion. His judgment is additionally very good on every little thing. As a graduate pupil getting ready for examinations i discovered it necessary. it is going to even be very good for undergraduates. Its insurance of the interval is best than any similar textbook i've got visible; even greater than Sealey's heritage of the Greek urban States, that's first-class additionally, and covers previous background in addition -- yet this is often larger.
Tiniest grievance: a (very) few typos, and the feedback for additional analyzing on the finish of every bankruptcy might have been a bit fuller.
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The likelihood is that at first the larger states all provided ships, as in other alliances the participants contributed their own forces; but it has been argued that more than half of the eventual members were so small that they could not man even one trireme for a long campaigning season, and most of the smaller states are likely from the beginning to have paid tribute. Aristides will have assessed the obligations of the different members, probably imposing a burden comparable to that imposed by the Persians when they reassessed the tribute of their Greek subjects after the Ionian Revolt of the 490’s (Hdt.
V ~ Fornara 67. C, cf. Plut. Cim. 16. iv). Some scholars have opted for the earlier date, supposing that Thucydides mentions the war at the point when it ended; but Diodorus’ chronological source is more likely to be right than his narrative date (cf. p. 15), and it is easier to believe that Thucydides mentions the war at the point when it began, and that the Athenians settled the rebels at Naupactus in the mid 450’s (cf. p. 44). 465/4–456/5. Maintaining control of the helots was always a high priority for Sparta (cf.
Personalities were an issue in the 470’s; attitudes to Sparta were an issue; recent history could be slanted in different ways. But there is no good evidence that how Athens should be governed had yet become an issue. There are stories about Aristides – that he hushed up an oligarchic plot at the time of the battle of Plataea; that after the war he proposed that the constitution should be made ‘common’ and officials appointed from all Athenians (Plut. Arist. 13, 22. i): the first may have a basis in truth if we regard the plotters as pro-Persian rather than oligarchic; it is hard to know what to make of the second beyond the fact that somebody thought it appropriate to attribute democratic sympathies 34 ATHENS AFTER THE PERSIAN WARS to him.