242 DE NOVIS LIBRIS IUDICIA M. J. OSBORNE, Naturalization in Athens (Verhande- lingen Kon. Acad. voor Wetenschappen van België, Klasse der Letteren vol. 43, 1981 no. 98). Paleis der Academiën, Brussel, 1981. 241 p. with 15 plates. Pr. B.F. 800. Prestigious societies, like the Greek and Roman, were fond of honors and privileges. Most cities developed in the course of time a rather complicated scheme of honorific grants. In the Hellenistic period cult honors completed that scheme. As the title of the book under review indicates, Osborne, who has distinguished himself in the past by an impressive series of preparatory studies (cf. p. 7, note 11), focuses on one specific privilege, the grant of citizenship (politeia), "a signal mark of honour" (p. 5), which for the Athenians essentially was an offer of citizenship, since the granting did not necessarily imply the actual implementation of politeia. Many "naturalized" Athenians preferred to stay in their home-cities. Until late in the 2nd century B.C. it was only by decree of the assembly that politeia could be granted. Thereafter "naturalization ... was transformed into an automatic right for duly qualified candidates" (p. 6). Osborne now presents the first of four planned volumes
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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