The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

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* I would like to acknowledge several debts I have incurred in the writing of this essay. Fran Curzon very kindly supplied me with a translation of Velkov (1967) from the Russian; Professor E.A. Meyer provided access to her important forthcoming study on the phiale inscriptions; and I have benefitted from the resources of the Durham Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East (CAMNE) and discussions with its members. I would like to thank the anonymous referee at Classical Quarterly for a number of useful suggestions; my largest debt is to Professor E.M. Harris for reading several drafts of the article, and for his helpful comments and advice on sources and bibliography. Naturally, all responsibility for the views expressed lies with the author.