Ancient Economic Thought

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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.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Indian economic thought
1 The Concepts of Happiness, Ethics, and Economic Values in Ancient Economic Thought 19
2 Kautilya's Arthasastra: A Neglected Work in the History of Economic Thought 43
Pt. II Hebraic economic thought
3 Looking for Ourselves in the Mirror of Our Past: With What Does Economics Cope? And the Differences in the Jewish and Christian Rationales for HAndling Usury 61
4 Ancient and Medieval Rabbinic Economic Thought: Definitions, Methodology and Illustrations 76
Pt. III Greek economic thought
5 Reflections of Ancient Economic Thought in Greek Poetry 99
6 Greek Economic Thought: Initiators of a Mediterranean Tradition 146
7 The Economy of Hellenistic Egypt and Syria: An Archeological Perspective 172
Pt. IV Roman economic thought
8 Classical Roots of Benevolence in Economic Thought 191
9 Assumptions, Economics, and the Origins of Europe 211
Bibliography 239
Index 263
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