This article aims at exploring the relationship between Athens and the members of the Miltiades and Cimon family, the so-called Philaids. The history of this lineage significantly marked the development of Athens in the archaic period. In spite of the contradictory traditions regarding these historical figures, a lexical analysis of the sources allows an interpretation of their relationship with the polis in terms of reciprocity. I will argue that this is a special form of reciprocity, generated by the unequal and asymmetric relationship that this family seems to have had with Athens.
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|