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Grain: Concluding Remarks

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Grain was one of the most important commodities in the Greek trading lanes, as it was the main staple food of the majority of the population. The exporters of grain were not numerous and the majority of them were situated in the periphery of the Greek World, in the Black Sea, North Africa and Sicily. In the western Mediterranean, Sicily was the main exporter, although the exact exporting poleis cannot be securely identified. One of the major debates regarding these poleis is the relation between grain and their foundation in the archaic period. The specific export policies towards Athens and Mytilene show a consistency of intervention in the marketing of grain, mainly through tax reductions.

Keywords: archaic period; Athenian legislation; imported grain; Mytilene



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