By David M. Pritchard

In his On the consideration of Athens, Plutarch complained that the Athenian humans spent extra at the creation of dramatic gala's and "the misfortunes of Medeas and Electras than they did on retaining their empire and battling for his or her liberty opposed to the Persians." This view of the Athenians' lost priorities turned orthodoxy with the e-book of August Böckh's 1817 e-book Die Staatshaushaltung der Athener [The Public economic system of Athens], which criticized the classical Athenian dēmos for spending extra on fairs than on wars and for levying unjust taxes to pay for his or her bloated govt. yet have been the Athenians' priorities particularly as lost as old and glossy historians believed?

Drawing on strains of proof now not on hand in Böckh's time, Public Spending and Democracy in Classical Athens calculates the true expenditures of faith, politics, and battle to settle the long-standing debate approximately what the traditional Athenians valued such a lot hugely. David M. Pritchard explains that, in Athenian democracy, electorate had complete keep watch over over public spending. after they voted for a invoice, they consistently knew its expense and what sort of they commonly spent on such money owed. for that reason, the sums they selected to spend on gala's, politics, and the defense force mirrored the order of the priorities they'd set for his or her country. via calculating those sums, Pritchard convincingly demonstrates that it used to be now not faith or politics yet warfare that used to be the overriding precedence of the Athenian people.

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