Eyal Meyer - Rhamnous - Leasing Land

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Can a distinction between Sacred and Public land can be attested by the evidence?

Finley 1952: since no legal uniqueness can be attributed to sacred funds as opposed to secular ones, sacred lands should not be distinguished from public estates.

Osborn 1988: by examining certain aspects of leasing, such as the officials involved, the scale of the let properties, and the motives for leasing, he concluded that Sacred land should be classified as Public property.

Lewis 1990, 251: sacred land was at Athens was leased by public officials on the instructions of the assembly, thus agreeing with Osborn.

Wallbank 1991: the sacred lands were part of the state property.

Concepts

Rationes Centesimarum

The Rationes Centesimarum, inscribed accounts of a 1 percent tax paid on sales of land by Attic corporate groups (demes, phratries etc.) to individual Athenian citizens in the 4th century B.C.

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