Decrees (Greek)

Short bibliography Decrees (mainly  Attica)

Corpora and collections:

 IG I3 fasc. 1 Decreta et tabulae magistratuum ed. D.M. Lewis, Berlin 1981

            (Decrees before 403/2 BC)

 IG II Pars 1 Decreta Continens ed. U. Koehler 1877 (Decrees 401/400 - reign of Augustus)

 IG III Pars 1 Decreta Senatus populique Athen iensium etc.  ed. Dittenberger 1877

 IG II-III Pars 1 Decreta  ed. J. Kirchner 1913-1940

            fasc. 1 Decreta annorum 403-229 a,. Chr (1913)

            fasc. 2  Decreta anno 229/8 a. Chr. posteriora. Accedunt leges sacrae. 1916


Fasc. 2. Leges et decreta annorum 352/1-322/1. ed. Stephen D. Lambert 2012

Fasc. 4. Leges et decreta annorum 300/200-229/8, edd. Michael J. Osborne et Sean G. Byrne. 2014

Fasc. 5. Leges et decreta annorum 229/8-168/7. edd. Voula N. Bardani et Stephen V. Tracy. 2012


Meritt, Benjamin D., and John S. Traill. Inscriptions : The Athenian Councillors. The Athenian Agora ; Vol. 15.  Princeton, N.J. :: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1974.

Woodhead, A. Geoffrey. Inscriptions : The Decrees . The Athenian Agora ; Vol. 16.  Princeton, NJ :: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1997.

 Lagogianni-Georgakarakos, Maria, et al. Athenian Democracy Speaking through Its Inscriptions : Exhibition of Inscriptions from the Epigraphic Museum : Catalogue / Ed. By Maria Lagogianni-Georgakarakos, Kostas Buraselis  Athens Ypourgeio Politismou, Epigrafiko Mouseio, 2009. (very attractive illustrated edition of a numbnert of decrees kept in Epigraphic museum, with translations and comments

Rhodes, P J. The Greek City States : A Source Book.  London & Sidney: Croom Helm, 1986. (translations of a number of key texts)

Rhodes, P. J., and Robin Osborne. Greek Historical Inscriptions, 404-323 Bc.  Oxford :: Oxford University Press, 2007  (excellent selection of translationsof later texts) An on-line version may be found here.


Allen, K. H. (2003). "Intercultural Exchanges in Fourth-Century Attic Decrees." Classical Antiquity 22(2): 199-246.

Guarducci, Margherita. Epigrafia Greca II.  Roma: Istituto poligrafico dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato, 1974. 5-57 (Discussion, in Italian, with a number of examples

 Henry, Alan S. "The Hortatory Intention in Athenian State Decrees." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 112 (1996): 105-19.

 _ _ _    "The Athenian State Secretariat and Provisions for Publishing and Erecting Decrees." Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 71, no. 1 (2002): 91-118.

———. Honours and Privileges in Athenian Decrees : The Principal Formulae of Athenian Honorary Decrees. Subsidia Epigraphica Hildesheim [etc.] ::Olms, 1983.

———. The Prescripts of Athenian Decrees . Mnemosyne: Bibliotheca Classica Batava: Supplementum ; 49.  Leiden : Brill, 1977.

 Jones Nicholas, F. (1991). "Enrollment clauses in Greek citizenship decrees." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 87: 79-102.

 Lambert, S.D.  Inscribed Athenian Laws and Decrees 352/1-322/1 BC. Epigraphical Essays. Leiden: Brill  2012. ( collects several articles published in ZPE between 2000 and 2010 as prolegomena to his edition of IG II/III(3), fasc, 2.) A link to an electronic version in an Worldcat library may be found here.

Lambert  S. D. (2011). What was the Point of Inscribed Honorific Decrees in Classical Athens? in: S. D. Lambert ed. Sociable Man. Essays on Ancient Greek Social Behaviour in Honour of Nick Fisher. Swansea, Classical Press of Wales: 193-214.

Liddel, P., "The Places of Publication of Athenian State Decrees from the 5th Century BC to the 3rd Century AD”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 143 (2003), 79-93

Lawton, Carol L. Attic Document Reliefs. Art and Politics in Ancient Athens.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. (good archaeologial discussion but als  useful commentson the texts)

McLean, Bradley H. An Introduction to Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great Down to the Reign of Constantine (323 B.C.-A.D. 337).  Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2002. (ch. 8 Decrees,, ch. 9 Honorific decrees, Proxeny decrees, and honorific inscriptions)

Rhodes, P J, and David M Lewis. The Decrees of the Greek States.  Oxford: OUP, 1997. (superb overview of the development formulae, with many abbreviated examples from outside Athens)

Rhodes, P. J. The Athenian Boule.  Oxford :: Clarendon Press, 1972. (authoritative discussion of all aspects of the Athenian boule, with  discussion of epigraphic practices, and overview of relevant Athenian decrees)

Rosen, K. (1987). Ehrendekrete, Biographie und Geschichtsschreibung. Zum Wandel der griechischen Polis im frühen Hellenismus'. in: Chiron 17 (1987), 277-292.

Strubbe, J. H. M. (1998). "Epigrams and consolation decrees for deceased youths." L'Antiquité classique 67: 45-75.

Swoboda, Heinrich. Die Griechischen Volksbeschlüsse; Epigraphische Untersuchungen Leipzig, Teubner, 1890. (An electronic version may be found here

Walbank, Michael B. "Notes on Attic Decrees." The Annual of the British School at Athens 85 (1990): 435-47.

Whitehead, D. (1983). "Competetive outlay and community profit: φιλοτιμ́ια  in democratic Athens." Classica et Mediaevalia 34: 55-74.




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