Public Finances, Democracy, and Empire in Classical Athens


The aim of this conference was to explore the intended and unintended effects that the financial transformation of Athens had on its democracy, especially whether the desire for revenue extracted from other members of the Delian League (i.e., the Athenian Empire) corrupted the Athenian commitment to liberty at home and abroad.


Conference Readings

Low, Polly, eds. The Athenian Empire. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

Aristotle. Aristotle’s Constitution of Athens. Translated by Thomas J. Dymes. London: Seeley and Co., 1891.

Crane, Gregory. Thucydides and the Ancient Simplicity: The Limits of Political Realism. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998.

Plutarch. Parallel Lives. Cambridge and London: The Loeb Classical Library, 1914.

Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Edited by M. I. Finley. Translated by Rex Warner. London: Penguin Books, 1972.

Xenophon. Xenophon VII. Translated by E. C. Marchant and G. W. Bowersock. Cambridge and London: The Loeb Classical Library, 1925.