Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fragmentary marble inscription

ca. 425–424 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Overall: 5 1/8 x 6 3/4in. (13 x 17.1cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
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 combating Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.
1873. "Corpus Inscriptionum Atticarum." Inscriptiones Graecae, Vol. 1. 17 n, Berolini, apud G. Reimerum.

Roberts, Ernest S. 1905. An Introduction to Greek Epigraphy: The Inscriptions of Attica, Vol. 2. p. 47, ill. 50, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Alexander, Christine. 1926. "Classical Inscriptions: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 21(7): pp. 176-7, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 146, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

West, Allen B. 1930–1931. "Two Assessments of the Athenian Empire." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 3(2): pp. 174ff., fig. 1.

Meritt, Benjamin Dean and Allen B. West. 1934. The Athenian Assessment of 425 B.C.. p. 17, pl. II, ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Meritt, Benjamin Dean, Henry Theodore Wade-Gery, and Malcolm Francis McGregor. 1939. The Athenian Tribute Lists, Vol. 1. no. 21, p. 112, fig. 457, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 95 [n. 24], Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 182, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

Paarmann, Björn. 2007. "Aparchai and Phoroi: A New Commented Edition of the Athenian Tribute Quota Lists and Assessment Decrees." Ph.D. Diss. p. 137. Fribourg, Switzerland.

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