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Trierarchs’ Records And The Athenian Naval Catalogue (Ig I3 1032)

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The inscription IG i3 1032, known as the Athenian Naval Catalogue, consists of eleven fragments of Pentelic marble dating from the late fifth or early fourth century BC. One of the most striking facts to emerge from the inscription's demographic information is that non-citizens comprised approximately 60-70% of the crew of each of the four ships. A process-oriented analysis suggests that the Naval Catalogue is more honorific than administrative, and that it thoroughly reshaped trierarchs' accounts to emphasize Athens' naval dependence on non-citizens. Detailed military record keeping at Athens began in the aftermath of the Persian Wars in response to three main factors: changes in the nature of warfare, the establishment and growth of empire, and democratic developments at home. IG i3 1032 stands as a reminder that even at the end of the increasingly logocentric fifth century, inscribed monuments could not create history all by themselves.

Keywords: Athenian naval catalogue; democratic developments; Persian wars; trierarchs' records

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