The Epigraphy and History of Boeotia

New Finds, New Prospects


Over the past 20 years, Boeotia has been the focus of intensive archaeological investigation that has resulted in some extraordinary epigraphical finds. The most spectacular discoveries are presented for the first time in this volume: dozens of inscribed sherds from the Theban shrine of Heracles; Archaic temple accounts; numerous Classical, Hellenistic and Roman epitaphs; a Plataean casualty list; a dedication by the legendary king Croesus. Other essays revisit older epigraphical finds from Aulis, Chaironeia, Lebadeia, Thisbe, and Megara, radically reassessing their chronology and political and legal implications. The integration of old and new evidence allows for a thorough reconsideration of wider historical questions, such as ethnic identities, and the emergence, rise, dissolution, and resuscitation of the famous Boeotian koinon.

Contributors include: Vassilios Aravantinos, Hans Beck, Margherita Bonanno, Claire Grenet, Yannis Kalliontzis, Denis Knoepfler, Angelos P. Matthaiou, Emily Mackil, Christel Müller, Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Isabelle Pernin, Robert Pitt, Adrian Robu, and Albert Schachter.

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Nikolaos Papazarkadas, DPhil (2004, Oxford), is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Chair of the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy, and a Senior Editor of Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (SEG).
" The volume stands out for two reasons. First, it accumulates insights, arguments and viewpoints on a major historical phenomenon ("federalism") in a region of major importance (Boiotia) with a complex history across the archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods. Second, the volume includes sensational, drop-everything-and-read-this findings, in separate (coyly, unrevealingly titled) papers by Y. Kalliontzis and N. Papazarkadas." John Ma, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.07.11. '' Compétence, méthode, rigueur, perspicacité, clarté sont les mots qui viennent à l’esprit pour qualifier ce travail qui ouvre des pistes nouvelles, défend des positions originales et est digne, à bien des égards, de servir comme modèle à de semblables enquêtes.'' Andé Motte, L'Antiquité Classique 86, 2017.

List of Contributors

Section I: Boeotian History: New Interpretations
1. Hans Beck: “Ethnic Identity and Integration in Boeotia: the Evidence of the Inscriptions (6th and 5th Centuries BC)”
2. Emily Mackil: “Creating a Common Polity in Boeotia”
3. Denis Knoepfler: “ΕΧΘΟΝΔΕ ΤΑΣ ΒΟΙΩΤΙΑΣ: The Expansion of the Boeotian Koinon towards Central Euboia in the Early Third Century BC”
4. Adrian Robu: “Between Macedon, Achaea and Boeotia: The Epigraphy of Hellenistic Megara Revisited”
5. Christel Müller: “A Koinon after 146? Reflections on the Political and Institutional Situation of Boeotia in the Second Half of the Second Century BC”

Section II: The New Epigraphy of Thebes
6. Vassilios L. Aravantinos: “The Inscriptions from the Sanctuary of Herakles at Thebes: An Overview”
7. Angelos P. Matthaiou: “Four Inscribed Bronze Tablets from Thebes: Preliminary Notes.”
8. Nikolaos Papazarkadas: “Two New Epigrams from Thebes”
9. Margherita Bonanno-Aravantinos: “New Inscribed Funerary Monuments from Thebes”

Section III: Boeotian Epigraphy: Beyond Thebes
10. Albert Schachter: “Tlepolemos in Boeotia”
11. Yannis Kalliontzis: “Digging in Storerooms for Inscriptions: An Unpublished Casualty List from Plataia in the Museum of Thebes and the Memory of War in Boeotia”
12. Robert Pitt: “Just As It Has Been Written: Inscribing Building Contracts at Lebadeia”
13. Claire Grenet: “Manumission in Hellenistic Boeotia: New Considerations on the Chronology of the Inscriptions”
14. Isabelle Pernin: “Land Administration and Property Law in the Proconsular Edict from Thisbe (Syll.3 884)”

Index Locorum

General Index
Academics and graduate researchers working on the epigraphy, archaeology, art history, linguistics, religion, political institutions, ideology, and identities of Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman Central Greece, in particular Boeotia, Megara, and Euboea.