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date: 03 February 2023

bureaucracy, Greeklocked

bureaucracy, Greeklocked

  • P. J. Rhodes


Because the Greek world remained a world of separate, small states, and because those states entrusted their administration as far as possible to individual citizens or boards of citizens, often appointed for a single year, rather than to professional administrators, bureaucracy in the Greek world is not a large subject. However, administrative machinery had to be kept in motion, documents had to be drafted, and records had to be kept and retrieved; and, even in the amateur culture of the Greek city-states, there were some opportunities for specialization in this kind of work.Athens, as usual, is the state about which we are best informed. Inventories were compiled, and often inscribed, of the contents of temple treasuries and of dockyards; there were contracts for tax-collection, mine leases, and the like; there were records of decrees and of lawcourt verdicts. Some public slaves (dēmosioi) were used not for manual labour but for keeping records and producing them when required, and for assisting in the elaborate procedures of the jury-courts (Ath.


  • Greek Law

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