Fragmentary marble inscription

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 425–424 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/8 x 6 3/4in. (13 x 17.1cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1926

Accession Number: 26.60.5

Description

Following the Greek victory over the Persians in 479 B.C., Athens formed a naval confederacy with other Greek cities around the Aegean Sea. Gradually, however, it became an empire exacting annual tribute for the benefit of Athens alone. This inscription is part of a tribute list recording payments to Athens by members of the confederacy. It lists the assessments of Paros, Naxos, Andros, Melos, Siphnos, Eretria, and Thera. The date is 425/424 B.C., and the amounts are high because Athens was combatting Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.

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