Athenian Relationship

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“How effectively did the Athenians maintain control over its allies?” Athens began to very effectively maintain control over its allies during the years of 478 – 445 BCE. The Athenians were able to effectively maintain control over its allies by its demonstrations of military, economic and political dominance, resulting in the transformation of the Delian league to the Athenian Empire. Military wise, the Athenians were able to control their allies extremely effectively through the expansion of their troops, to naval forces. Economically they were able to demonstrate their effect control over their allies by their development of coinage, therefore demonstrating their economic stability and growth as well as this, they effectively demonstrated…show more content…
One of the decrees’ provisions stated that surplus from minting was to be subjected into a fund, which was most likely used in an era of economical strain, and anyone who objected this would be imperiled to the death penalty. It’s through this coinage system, one of the first of its era for Greece, that Athens was able to effectively maintain its control over their allies and dominate from an economical point of view. Furthermore, Athens geographically coastal location was easily accessible for the construction of the way station, this was able to better Athens in terms of trade throughout the Aegean, therefore enabling the Athenians to successfully and effectively maintain control over its allies. It also presented the Athenians the opportunity to trade a certain type of marble extracted from Penteli which was renowned in the Greek world for its high quality, as well as silver coins, which, in places that didn’t have the need for coins, was melted back to its clump state and used for trading. Through this convenient location, Athens was further given another way to assert it’s effectiveness in controlling the other city-states or allies, as having such a readily available Athenian port was crucial in the trading between other civilizations, including that of Egypt, Syria and Palestine (as well as the rest of the Persian Empire) through naval transportations. Without such, the Greek world would have failed to have its diverse trading routes, which brought a wider variety of resources to trade and keep as lavish decorations and greater wealth into their economy, and it’s through this that Athens shows their
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