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Boiotia in Antiquity
Selected Papers


  • Date Published: July 2021
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107650435

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  • Boiotia was - next to Athens and Sparta - one of the most important regions of ancient Greece. Albert Schachter, a leading expert on the region, has for many decades pioneered and fostered the exploration of it and its people through his research. His seminal publications have covered all aspects of its history, institutions, cults, and literature from late Mycenaean times to the Roman Empire, revealing a mastery of the epigraphic evidence, archaeological data, and the literary tradition. This volume conveniently brings together twenty-three papers (two previously unpublished, others revised and updated) which display a compelling intellectual coherence and a narrative style refreshingly immune to jargon. All major topics of Boiotian history from early Greece to Roman times are touched upon, and the book can be read as a history of Boiotia, in pieces.

    • Deals with aspects of Greek history from the point of view of the Boiotians, rather than, as is usually the case, from that of the Athenians and/or Spartans
    • Uses source material drawn from inscriptions, archaeology, numismatics and art, as well as literature
    • Provides readers with a clearer view of what happened in Boiotia at crucial times in its history
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    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107650435
    • length: 462 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.662kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Boiotian beginnings: the creation of an ethnos
    Part II. History: Boiotian:
    2. Kadmos and the implications of the tradition for Boiotian history
    3. Boiotia in the sixth century BC
    4. The early Boiotoi: from alliance to federation
    5. Politics and personalities in classical Thebes
    6. Tanagra: the geographical and historical context
    7. From hegemony to disaster: Thebes from 362 to 335
    8. Pausanias and Boiotia
    Part III. History: Boiotian and Other:
    9. The politics of dedication: two Athenian dedications at the sanctuary of Apollo Ptoieus in Boiotia
    10. The seer Tisamenos and the Klytiadai
    Part IV. Boiotian Institutions:
    11. Gods in the service of the state: the Boiotian experience
    12. Boiotian military elites (with an appendix on the funereal stelai)
    13. Three generations of magistrates from Akraiphia
    Part V. Literature:
    14. Simonides' elegy on Plataia: the occasion of its performance
    15. The singing contest of Kithairon and Helikon: Korinna fr. 654 PMG col. i and ii.1-11: content and context
    16. Ovid and Boiotia
    Part VI. Cult:
    17. The Daphnephoria of Thebes
    18. Reflections on an inscription from Tanagra
    19. Egyptian cults and local elites in Boiotia
    20. Evolutions of a mystery cult: the Theban Kabiroi
    21. The Mouseia of Thespiai: organization and development
    22. Tilphossa: the site and its cults
    23. A consultation of Trophonios (IG 7.4136).

  • Author

    Albert Schachter, McGill University, Montréal
    Albert Schachter is Emeritus Hiram Mills Professor of Classics in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, Montréal. His major publication is Cults of Boiotia (four volumes, 1981–94), and he also edits the electronic journal Teiresias. Together with G. Argoud and G. Vottero, he brought out the late Paul Roesch's Les inscriptions de Thespies (an online publication).

    Preface by

    Hans Beck, McGill University, Montréal
    Hans Beck is Professor of Ancient History, John McNaughton Chair of Classics, and Director of Classical Studies in the Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University. He is co-author, with John Buckler, of Central Greece and the Politics of Power in the Fourth Century BC (2008), editor of A Companion to Ancient Greek Government (2013) and co-editor, with Antonio Duplá, Martin Jehne and Francisco Pina Polo, of Consuls and Res Publica: Holding High Office in the Roman Republic (2011).

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