El crimen de los oligarcas corcirenses (Th. III 70.4)

Translated title of the contribution: The crime of the corcyraean oligarchs (Thucydides III 70.4)

Rachel M. Bruzzone, S. Douglas Olson

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At Th. 3.70.4, a number of Corcyraean oligarchs are convicted of illegally ‘cutting stakes’ (τέμνειν χάρακας) in two local sanctuaries. The significance of this charge is disputed among commentators. We offer detailed support of Hornblower’s conclusion that the Corcyraean oligarchs are charged with cutting saplings from sacred land for use as vinestakes in their own fields. Our argument places Thucydides’ account of events in a larger philological, ecological and social framework, and suggests that the details of the accusation help establish abuse of communally controlled natural resources and the court system as prodromal stages in the social deterioration that ultimately produces the stasis on Corcyra and by implication elsewhere as well.

Translated title of the contributionThe crime of the corcyraean oligarchs (Thucydides III 70.4)
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalEmerita, Revista de linguistica y filologia clasica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Corcyra
  • Environmental studies
  • Law
  • Peloponnesian war
  • Thucydides


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