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A Note on the Dating of the Social War


The chronology of the Social War has for a long time been a source of dispute amongst historians of fourth-century Athens. The central problem has been the confusion that Diodoros, our main source for the period, got himself into. In the first of his two references to the Social War Diodoros refers to the outbreak of a ‘three-year war’ in the archonship of Cephisodotos (358/357). However, later on he refers to the closure of the war in the archonship of Elpines (356/355) after a ‘four-year war.’

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G. L. Cawkwell , ‘The Failure of the Second Athenian Confederacy’, JHS 101 (1981), 52

R. Develin , Athenian Officials 684–321 B.C. (Cambridge, 1989)

E. Wheeler in Armed Forces and Society 14 (1987), 156–8

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Greece & Rome
  • ISSN: 0017-3835
  • EISSN: 1477-4550
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