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Studies in Greek epigraphy and history in honor of Stefen V. Tracy

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Gary Reger
, 
Francis X. Ryan
, 
Timothy Francis Winters

1. Athens and Attica

Chapter 7. Methodology in Fifth-Century Attic Epigraphy

Harold Mattingly

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Stephen Tracy’s expertise with epigraphic hands and schools has enabled many “floating documents” to be firmly dated in the Hellenistic period1. He has not yet dealt with the fifth century except for one brief foray, which produced an interesting result: the first Athena Nike decree (IG, I3, 35) was cut by the man responsible for part of the Promachos accounts ca. 445 BC (IG, I3, 435)2. Until Stephen or a gifted pupil can deal seriously with this earlier period, we shall have to make do with such other formal criteria that we can devise. That is the purpose of my present offering. I start with a text that has become notorious of late.

The Egesta Treaty (IG, I3, 11)

For a long time this was given to the archon Habron of 458/7 BC because of its “early” lettering (rounded tailed rho and three barred sigma)3. But since Chambers, Gallucci, and Spanos brilliantly brought photo-enhancement and laser beam to work on the stone, most scholars have agreed that IΦON can be read in line 3: the arc...

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