Public Records and Archives in Classical Athens

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CHAPTER FOUR

The Athenian Law Code and the Foundation of the Metroon

The preceding chapter argued that the Athenians maintained written records of fifth-century laws and decrees in the archives of the Boule. This chapter turns to two developments of the last decade of the fifth century, both of which were directly related to the ways in which public records were preserved in those archives. First, in the period between 410 and 399, the Athenians reorganized their law code and set out to establish what laws were actually valid on different subjects; when the revision was completed, the Athenians possessed a uniform body of written laws. Second, at some time in the closing years of the fifth century, the Athenians dedicated a single building to the storage of many important public records; by the middle of the fourth century, this building was known as the Metroon, the sanctuary of the Mother of the Gods. The motives for both the revision of the law code and the foundation of the Metroon are not discussed in our sources, but scholars have generally assumed that both were the product of the scattered disposition of Athenian documents during the fifth century, and a desire to bring some order to the city's public records. Previously, state documents, including the texts of laws, had been dispersed widely at the offices of different magistrates, where they were published on stelai and perhaps other media. From the end of the fifth century, laws and other state documents could be found in a single, centralized location.

This chapter reexamines both the revision of the law code and the creation of a state archives building in the last decade of the fifth century. It argues that although many Athenian documents, including texts of laws, had been dispersed widely at the offices of individual magistrates during the fifth century, a desire for centralization alone will not fully

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Studies in the History of Greece and Rome *
  • Public Records and Archives in Classical Athens *
  • Contents *
  • Preface *
  • Introduction *
  • Chapter One - Thesmothetai, Drakon, and Solon *
  • Chapter Two - Documents and Records in the Sixth Century *
  • Chapter Three - Records and Archives in the Fifth Century *
  • Chapter Four - The Athenian Law Code and the Foundation of the Metroon *
  • Chapter Five - The Archives in the Metroon *
  • Chapter Six - Personnel and Organization *
  • Chapter Seven - Consultation *
  • Conclusion *
  • Notes *
  • Bibliography *
  • Index *
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