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Economic Aspects of a New 5th Century BC Arcade Sacrificial Calendar

Emilio Rosamilia    Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa    



In 2015, a new 22-line-long fifth-century-BC Arkadian inscription was published for the first time. While prior editors thought that the document dealt with rites pertaining to a single festival, a new interpretation of the text as a sacrificial calendar covering a few months is here envisaged. In addition, closer examination of the inscription’s economic aspects calls for a lower dating. Although spits recur twice, local silver coinage is likely mentioned in line 22. Therefore, the text cannot be earlier than the mid-fifth century BC. Lastly, an educated guess is made about the nature of the “one-hundred” mentioned in line 10.

Keywords: Coinage. Arkadia. Spits. Sacrificial calendar. Economics. Proto-monetary.

Language: it

Submitted: July 18, 2019
Accepted: Aug. 24, 2019
Published: Dec. 23, 2019

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Axon/2532-6848/2019/02/021

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