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John Bintliff and N. Keith Rutter

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417099

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417099.001.0001

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Modelling the Territories of Attic Demes: A Computational Approach

Modelling the Territories of Attic Demes: A Computational Approach

(p.192) 9 Modelling the Territories of Attic Demes: A Computational Approach
The Archaeology of Greece and Rome

Sylvian Fachard

, John Bintliff, Keith Rutter
Edinburgh University Press

The territoriality of Attic demes has been a matter of dispute, but the evidence for the existence of territorial limits now seems overwhelming – regardless of how concretely they were marked on the ground. Some of the deme limits, perhaps contested ones, were fixed precisely by rupestral horoi. The majority of them, however – like most borders separating city-states – consisted of sight lines linking natural features such as summits, ridges and gullies. Locating more deme limits in the future is important for the progress of Attic topography. Deme boundaries are also valuable for assessing the potential agricultural catchment of demes, and for studying the rural economies of Attica at the level of individual demes and larger regions.

Keywords:   Attic demes, horoi, boundary

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