The Treasurers of Athena in the Late 5th Century B.C.: When Did They Take Office?

by Carlo Marcaccini

Hesperia, Volume 84, Issue 3
Page(s): 515-532
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.84.3.0515
Year: 2015


Here I challenge the traditional view that the term for the treasurers (tamiai) of Athena extended from one Panathenaia to the next. My hypothesis is that starting in 433/2 B.C., their term began to follow the conciliar year. This change presumably took place in concomitance with the financial reorganization attested by the decree of Kallias A, which, according to recent scholarship, dates to 433/2 B.C. To demonstrate this, I analyze the accounts of expenses and loans from the sacred treasuries drafted during the Peloponnesian War, in particular IG I3 376 and IG I3 383, which, I propose, were not drafted by the state accountants, as is commonly believed, but by the tamiai themselves.