Since 2011 Dr Floris van den Eijnde (Ancient History and Classical Civilization ) of Utrecht University has been conducting archaeological research on the way silver mining impacted the turbulent rise of the Athenian polis, together with Gent University. In order to finalize this special project and make its results accessible to a broader audience, the researchers have started a crowdfunding campaign.
The Golden Age of Athens
The Athenian statesman Themistokles urged the Athenians to put their silver wealth to use by building a large fleet of triremes. This not only allowed Athens to emerge as Europe’s first metropolis, but also to develop its first democracy. Therefore the silver mines around Thorikos (near Athens) are a symbol for the Golden Age of Athens (ca. 500-400 v. Chr.).