The Ancient Economy / Edition 1

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Overview

"Technical progress, economic growth, productivity, even efficiency have not been significant goals since the beginning of time," declares M. I. Finley in his classic work. The states of the ancient Mediterranean world had no recognizable real-property market, never fought a commercially inspired war, witnessed no drive to capital formation, and assigned the management of many substantial enterprises to slaves and ex-slaves.
In short, to study the economies of the ancient world, one must begin by discarding many premises that seemed self-evident before Finley showed that they were useless or misleading. Available again, with a new foreword by Ian Morris, these sagacious, fertile, and occasionally combative essays are just as electrifying today as when Finley first wrote them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219465
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Sather Classical Lectures Series
  • Edition description: UPDATED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 969,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

M. I. Finley, who died in 1986, was Professor of Ancient History and Master of Darwin College at Cambridge University. Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics and Chair of the Classics Department at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to Updated Edition
Preface 9
Some Dates for Orientation 11
Map: The Roman Empire in the Second Century A.D. 14
I The Ancients and Their Economy 17
II Orders and Status 35
III Masters and Slaves 62
IV Landlords and Peasants 95
V Town and Country 123
VI The State and the Economy 150
VII Further Thoughts (1984) 177
Abbreviations and Short Titles 208
Notes 211
Index 255
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