Leasing of Sacred Land in 4th-Century Athens

by Arden Williams

Hesperia, Volume 80, Issue 2
Page(s): 261-286
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.80.2.0261
Year: 2011


A fresh examination of six inscribed fragments (Agora XIX L6 a-f ) previously attributed to the first of a series of stelai recording civic leases of sacred land in late-4th-century Athens reveals that they belong to four separate stelai, only one of which can be dated to 343/2 B.C. The publication of the leases was linked to a reorganization of sacred finances that included the amalgamation of the treasuries of Athena and the Other Gods, ca. 346/5. The new reconstruction challenges previous estimates of the extent of Athenian sacred property and the assumption that subsequent lists (Agora XIX L9-12, L14) were produced only at 10-year intervals.