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By Al N. Oikonomides

THE THESIS OF Oikonomides' e-book is that not
until after the Persian Wars used to be the Athenian
Agora tested within the quarter east of the Colonus
Agoraeus, the place the yankee excavations have
been centred. No try, although, is made
to disprove the proof came upon and published
by the yank excavators for civic
buildings predating 480 B.c.; the writer merely
asserts (e.g.) that "no public construction or shrine
in the excavated region has been came upon antedating
the early 5th century B.C." (p.viii), or that the
Athenians buried their lifeless right here "as past due as the
late 6th century B.C." (p.xiii). His chronological
treatment of boundary stones can be individual.
He feedback that "the boundary stones of the
Agora, in addition to these from Kerameikos, and
many others present in Athens, are approximately dated
in the 'first 1/2 the 5th century B.c.' A good
many of them may be dated extra specifically
between 479-475 B.C., the years within which the
new urban plan of Athens used to be authorized via the
boule and positioned into movement via the location of
these markers amidst the ruins of the outdated city
as good as out within the new fields which have been to be
newly included in the enlarged area
surrounded by means of the hot urban wall." The single
Agora boundary stone present in situ has been
securely dated through the strata during which it was
embedded to c. 500 B.C. and the letter-forms are
suitable to this courting; whereas the boundary stones
found in situ within the Kerameikos were assigned
to the fourth century (cf. Judeich, Top.
von Athen2, p.167). No references are stated, nor
explanation given, how the writer arrived at the
remarkably particular date of 479-475 B.C. so convenient
for his thought.

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