The Economy of the Greek Cities
From the Archaic Period to the Early Roman Empire
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Table of Contents
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...references. The present English translation is based on the textin the introduction, in accordance with the limits of what proves...
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...have been many detailed research studies into realia and these havedescription. At the other end of the spectrum, studies have tackledoverall, and abstract analysis of certain fundamental features ofwhat reductionist effect, all too often freezing the past in a framethat reflects only one particular period or a limited part of the...
1. The Greek Cities and the Economy
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...cities developed. It constitutes a basis for the three chapters thatb.c. (VII.102), “In Hellas poverty is ever native to the soil, butDespite a gradual rise in sea levels, which has altered the detailsof some of its coasts, the topography of the Mediterranean is stillas it was 2,500 years ago. Geologically speaking, the land is young,...
2. The World of Agriculture
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...agriculture required a large workforce, especially at harvestingand grape-picking times, and it occupied a large majority of thepopulation, probably at least 80 percent. Agriculture provided alence the domain of citizens’ activity, for it was they who, collec-tively and publicly, possessed the land, always considering land...
3. Craft Industries and Business Ventures
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The double title of this chapter is designed to cover a wide spec-they all involved the transformation of natural products into fin-intellectual activities. These technai were linked on the one handfabricated objects but also the remains of workshops, entire townedge of the different sectors, regions, and periods is very uneven....
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...cities and others. It is not possible to estimate the volume of trademen for their own products, so that, in one way or another, trade(pp. 24–27 and 36–37), and also by the efforts to achieve self-suf-ficiency persistent in the agriculture and craft-industry sectors.personal contacts. Finally, despite all the progress achieved over...
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...ancient Greeks conceived of their economic activities and organ-ized them within the framework of their cities. Describing char-possible to quantify it. Nevertheless, that progress is detectableworld’s progressive opening up to large political systems, cul-emperors, all remained indifferent to the material possibilities...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2009