Ancient Economic Thought

Ancient Economic Thought

by Betsy Price
     
 

This book explores the interrelationship between economic practice and religion, ethics and social structure in a number of ancient cultures, including studies of East Indian, Hebraic, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and emerging European cultures. Each chapter presents a new,

richer understanding of the preoccupation of the ancients with specific economic problems such

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Overview

This book explores the interrelationship between economic practice and religion, ethics and social structure in a number of ancient cultures, including studies of East Indian, Hebraic, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and emerging European cultures. Each chapter presents a new,

richer understanding of the preoccupation of the ancients with specific economic problems such as distribution, civic pride, management and uncertainty, and how they were able to resolve them.

Presenting fascinating insights into the economic thinking of ancient cultures, this

volume will enhance the reawakening of interest in ancient economic history and thought, as well as the history of ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415149303
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/29/1997
Series:
Routledge Studies in the History of Economics Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction1
Pt. IIndian economic thought
1The Concepts of Happiness, Ethics, and Economic Values in Ancient Economic Thought19
2Kautilya's Arthasastra: A Neglected Work in the History of Economic Thought43
Pt. IIHebraic economic thought
3Looking for Ourselves in the Mirror of Our Past: With What Does Economics Cope? And the Differences in the Jewish and Christian Rationales for HAndling Usury61
4Ancient and Medieval Rabbinic Economic Thought: Definitions, Methodology and Illustrations76
Pt. IIIGreek economic thought
5Reflections of Ancient Economic Thought in Greek Poetry99
6Greek Economic Thought: Initiators of a Mediterranean Tradition146
7The Economy of Hellenistic Egypt and Syria: An Archeological Perspective172
Pt. IVRoman economic thought
8Classical Roots of Benevolence in Economic Thought191
9Assumptions, Economics, and the Origins of Europe211
Bibliography239
Index263

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