Little of the historiography of third-century Athens survives, and much of what we know—or might know—about the period has come down to us in inscriptions carved by Attic stonemasons of the time. In this book Stephen Tracy, the world's preeminent expert in this area, provides new insight into an unsettled and obscure moment in antiquity.
PART I: ATHENIAN GOVENMENT AND THE MACEDONIAN KINGS
Oligarchy versus Democracy: 338 to 262 B.C.
Macedonian Domination: 262 to 229 B.C.
PART II: ATTIC LETTER-CUTTERS OF 300 TO 229 B.C.
List of Inscriptions Assigned
Addenda to IG II2 1262 Cutter, ca. 320–ca. 290 B.C.
Addenda to IG II2 650 Cutter, 318/7–283/2 B.C.
Addenda to Agora I 4266 Cutter, ca. 304–271 B.C.
IG II2 478 Cutter, 305/4–302/1 B.C.
IG II2 657 Cutter, ca. 305–ca. 275 B.C.
IG II2 689 Cutter, 305/4–ca. 270 B.C.
Agora I 3238 and 4169 Cutter, 286/5–ca. 239 B.C.
Agora I 6664 Cutter, 281/0–ca. 240 B.C.
IG II2 776 Cutter, ca. 255–ca. 240 B.C.
SEG II no. 9 Cutter, 250/1–ca. 240 B.C.
IG II2 788 Cutter, ca. 260–ca. 235 B.C.
Conclusion: Inscribers of the Years 300 to 229 B.C.
Appendix One: Athenian Archons from 261/0 to 234/3
Appendix Two: Agora I 5392 + 3855
Index to Greek Texts
Index of Passages Cited
Index of Persons
Comparatio Numerorum to SEG
Stephen V. Tracy is Professor of Greek and Latin at Ohio State University and Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, Athenian Democracy in Transition: Attic Letter-Cutters of 340 to 290 b.c. (1995).
“The importance of this slim, superbly illustrated volume cannot be underestimated. it will be an indispensable tool to specialists in epigraphy and the Hellenistic period, as well as to social historians. The author is to be congratulated for having tackled so many problems associated with the history of Hellenistic Athens, and for having fine tuned chronology.”—Elizabeth Kosmetatou American Journal Of Archaeology
"In this new work Stephen Tracy continues to demonstrate his unique mastery of recognizing and identifying the 'hands' of the cutters of Athenian inscriptions, ca. 300-229 b.c. No student of Greece in the Hellenistic age can effectively carry on research without taking account of Tracy's remarkable analysis of its most important primary source material."—Ronald S. Stroud, University of California, Berkeley
"No other scholar comes anywhere near to Tracy in the ability to apply his method, which requires long practice and great patience."—Gary Reger, author of Regionalism and Change in the Economy of Independent Delos, 314-167 b.c.