The Cleinias Decree (447)

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  • The Cleinias Decree (447)
    • Informed the cities of the League of the decision by Athens to continue exacting contributions, and outlined details for their annual collection.
      • Those who refused to pay/ reduced their payments would have to plead their cases in the Athenian law courts.
        • The tribute was reassessed every 4 years and published at the great Panathenaic Festival, when each state sent delegates.
      • "If any Athenian or ally commits an offense in respect of the tribute which the cities ought to send to Athens after they have written it on a tablet for those who are bringing it, any Athenian/ ally may persecute him before the prytaneis."
        • "When a man is found guilty, the prytaneis are to recommend the punishment or fine they think he should receive."
    • All allies were requested to send 'a cow and a panoply' to the great Panathenaea, as previously only colonies had done.
      • "If anyone commits an offense over the bringing of the cow or of the panoply, he shall be prosecuted, and the penalty shall be in accordance with these same principles."
    • "The Hellenotamiaeare to record on a whitened notice-board and are to display both the assessment of the tribute and the cities which have paid up in full."
    • The Cleinias who proposed this Decree may have been Cleinias, the father of Alcibiades. He was killed in the Battle of Coroneia, prob. in Spring 446.
    • This Decree, which seeks to improve the machinery of the tribute payment, provides some of the clearest evidence that the boule was " the principal authority in Athens concerned with he collection of tribute" (Rhodes).
      • A later attempt to improve the efficiency of the tribute-collection can be seen in the Cleonymus Decree (426).

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