The Laurion Mines: A Reconsideration

  title={The Laurion Mines: A Reconsideration},
  author={Robert John Hopper},
  journal={The Annual of the British School at Athens},
  pages={293 - 326}
  • R. Hopper
  • Published 1 November 1968
  • History
  • The Annual of the British School at Athens
The present article follows on one published some years ago in the Annual, which dealt with the administrative problems connected with the so-called silver mines of south-east Attica and with their relation to other economic activity particularly in the fourth century B.C. This second discussion, based on a number of visits to the mining area, is an attempt to relate what can be seen on the ground to the literary and epigraphical sources, and to previous writing on the subject; to draw some… 
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