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Timber For Athens

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The greatest naval power in the Greek world in the classical period was Athens. The Athenian fleet was the largest Greek fleet for most of the period, although the allied Peloponnesian fleet in 405 and the Syracusan under Dionysios were close seconds. The timber policy of Athens in the classical period was quite complex and depended mainly on diplomacy. On the interstate level, Athens employed both peaceful and coercive diplomacy, the latter mainly during its empire. The main aspect of Athenian policy during the fifth century was the domination over resource areas and foreign naupegia. The Peloponnesian War provides evidence of ship building in foreign naupegia, mainly in the Archelaos decree. Interestingly, all evidence of imports concerns oars rather than timber, which is difficult to explain if Athens preferred to construct triremes in Attika.

Keywords: Athenian fleet; Peloponnesian War; shipbuilding timber



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