Dialect at Himera: An Evaluation of Material and Literary Evidence

Dialect at Himera: An Evaluation of Material and Literary Evidence Dan Plekhov Introduction 1§1 Thucydides’ account (6.3-5) of the history of the Hellenic settlements in Sicily is one that is more concerned with the foundations of these cities than their future roles in the Peloponnesian War. As such, he provides invaluable details regarding their foundations, specifically, the … Read moreDialect at Himera: An Evaluation of Material and Literary Evidence

Looking to One Another: Common Knowledge and “Alignment” in the Navy of Democratic Athens

1. Introduction 1§1 From the late 480s until 322 BCE, Athens was both a democracy and a naval power.[1] These phenomena were not independent of one another, as Aristotle remarks: “the naval multitude, having been the cause of the victory at Salamis and thereby of the leadership of Athens due to her power at sea, made … Read moreLooking to One Another: Common Knowledge and “Alignment” in the Navy of Democratic Athens

Abstract – Looking to One Another: Common Knowledge and ‘Alignment’ in the Navy of Democratic Athens

“Whenever you have formed some desire, but have then looked to one another, each refusing to do anything himself but expecting his neighbor to act, you have never yet accomplished anything.” Demosthenes, uttering these words to the Athenian assembly in a speech on naval finance (14.15), identifies a core challenge to the operation of Athens’ … Read moreAbstract – Looking to One Another: Common Knowledge and ‘Alignment’ in the Navy of Democratic Athens

Abstract – Dialect at Himera: An Evaluation of Material and Literary Evidence

This paper focuses on the Sicilian city of Himera and the account Thucydides provides about it concerning its foundation and development. Specifically, Thucydides’ comment regarding the “mixed-dialect” of Himera and its Chalcidian nomima is addressed in the context of Hellenic language and ethnicity during the Archaic period. Through the use of epigraphic and numismatic evidence, as well … Read moreAbstract – Dialect at Himera: An Evaluation of Material and Literary Evidence