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Money, Expense, and Naval Power in Thucydides' History by Lisa Kallet

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By Lisa Kallet

Thucydides has been discovered to blame of indifference towards monetary concerns with no attention of the entire facts. Now Lisa Kallet- Marx examines Thucydides' remedy of monetary assets through learning his reviews on finance within the context of the total paintings and scrutinizes different, mainly epigraphic, proof besides. Her accomplished inspection of the Archaeology, Pentekontaetia, and heritage of the Archidamian battle demonstrates that the position of monetary assets is crucial to Thucydides' principles approximately naval strength and figures prominently in his speeches and narrative. Kallet-Marx's study finds an immense degree within the old improvement of considered country strength, wealth, and imperialism. Her ebook will drastically curiosity students of historic economics and classicists alike.

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What were the chief differences between traditional ways of exerting power and naval arche that are important for appreciating the broader military and conceptual background for the History? The most significant difference is that traditional land-based warfare did not, generally speaking, require the outlay of money by the polis. The individual citizen-soldier was responsible for his own equipment and sustenance, the acquisition of which required individual wealth, but not necessarily money. Whatever the form of wealth used by an individual to procure weaponry and food, it is important to stress that the polls traditionally did not play a role in acquiring the necessary prerequisites of military campaigns.

Homer Ody. 78-99; Hes. W&D 319-26; Solon, fr. 13; Theog. 227; see also Immerwahr, Form and Thought, 206-7; Jaeger, Paideia l, esp. 70, 201-2. Page 16 by our ability to use our farms and land, the loss of which you consider so important. 2)55 In an author such as Herodotos, all of the above would have led inevitably to disaster. But Thucydides rejects such a traditional view in treating the wealth of Athens, and his novel approach is especially remarkable given the disquiet that the existence of the arche itself could occasion and the strong moral elements of the History, which have been a focus of Thucydidean scholarship, particularly within the last few decades.

21. Robinson, "Collaboration," 117-40; cf. Atmore, "Extra-European Foundations," 106-25. M. Eckstein for these references. 22. Robinson, "Collaboration," 118. Page 9 arche, the initial flow of wealth was in the opposite direction of that in modern Western imperialism, the basic idea that, put simply, domination is possible only with the support of locals (that is, local elites) is one with which Thucydides is in accord and for which he provides evidence. As Robinson observes in the case of European imperialism in Asia and Africa, "the irony of collaborative systems lay in the fact that although the white invaders could exert leverage on ruling elites they could not do without their mediation.

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