Public Record vs Public Memory: A Study of the Peisistratid Tyranny through the Public Archives and Comparing them to the Memories of the Athenian Public
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A study of the Peisistratid Tyranny through the public archives and comparing them to the memories of the Athenian public. The aim of this paper is to discuss what the public archives of archaic Athens preserve about the years of the Peisistratid Tyranny and compare it to what the Athenian public remember about the Peisistratid Tyranny and the events of the period. Firstly, the ancient evidence that is extant will be discussed and it will be considered where this evidence came from, whether it is epigraphical, literary or archaeological. Secondly, what is a preservation of a public record and what is a public memory will be distinguished and compared to see which is closer to what might have happened.