The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World

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Overview

In this, the first comprehensive one-volume survey of the economies of classical antiquity, twenty-eight chapters summarize the current state of scholarship in their specialized fields and sketch new directions for research. The approach taken is both thematic, with chapters on the underlying determinants of economic performance, and chronological, with coverage of the whole of the Greek and Roman worlds extending from the Aegean Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The contributors move beyond the substantivist-formalist debates that dominated twentieth-century scholarship and display a new interest in economic growth in antiquity. New methods for measuring economic development are explored, often combining textual and archaeological data that have previously been treated separately. Fully accessible to non-specialists, the volume represents a major advance in our understanding of the economic expansion that made the civilization of the classical Mediterranean world possible.
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Editorial Reviews

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"By presenting current scholarship and its prospective future course, the editors have produced a very important work. Prodigious bibliography (148 pages). Summing up: Highly recommended."
—Choice

"This is certainly an extraordinary book on the Ancient Mediterranean economies that ought to be read and quoted by all historians who work in the field of pre-industrial economics. This excellent project was brought to completion by its 3 editors and 27 contributors over the span of a decade." —BMCR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521780537
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Pages: 958
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 2.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Scheidel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University. His publications include Measuring Sex, Age and Death in the Roman Empire (1996), Death on the Nile: Disease and the Demography of Roman Egypt (2001) and, as editor, Debating Roman Demography (2001) and The Ancient Economy (2002, with Sitta von Reden).

Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and directs Stanford's excavation at Monte Polizzo, Sicily. His publications include The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (2005, with Barry Powell) and The Ancient Economy: Evidence and Models (2005, with Joe Manning).

Richard Saller is Kleinheinz Family Professor of European Studies and Professor of Classics and History and the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His publications include Personal Patronage under the Early Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1982) and Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and he is co-author of The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture (1987).

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Table of Contents

List of maps     viii
List of figures     ix
List of tables     xi
Acknowledgments     xii
List of abbreviations     xiii
Introduction   Ian Morris   Richard P. Saller   Walter Scheidel     1
Determinants of Economic Performance
Ecology   Robert Sallares     15
Demography   Walter Scheidel     38
Household and gender   Richard P. Saller     87
Law and economic institutions   Bruce W. Frier   Dennis P. Kehoe     113
Technology   Helmuth Schneider     144
Early Mediterranean Economies and the Near East
The Aegean Bronze Age   John Bennet     175
Early Iron Age Greece   Ian Morris     211
The Iron Age in the western Mediterranean   Michael Dietler     242
Archaic Greece   Robin Osborne     277
The Persian Near East   Peter R. Bedford     302
Classical Greece
Classical Greece: Production   John K. Davies     333
Classical Greece: Distribution   Astrid Moller     362
Classical Greece: Consumption   Sitta Von Reden     385
The Hellenistic States
The Hellenistic Near East   Robartus J. van der Spek     409
Hellenistic Egypt   Joseph G. Manning     434
Hellenistic Greece and western Asia Minor   Gary Reger     460
Early Italy and the Roman Republic
Early Rome and Italy   Jean-Paul Morel     487
The late Republic   William V. Harris     511
The Early Roman Empire
The early Roman empire: Production   Dennis P. Kehoe     543
The early Roman empire: Distribution   Neville Morley     570
The early Roman empire: Consumption   Willem M. Jongman     592
The early Roman empire: The state and the economy   Elio Lo Cascio     619
Regional Development in the Roman Empire
The western provinces   Philippe Leveau     651
The eastern Mediterranean   Susan E. Alcock     671
Roman Egypt   Dominic W. Rathbone     698
The frontier zones   David Cherry     720
Epilogue
The transition to late antiquity   Andrea Giardina     743
Bibliography     769
Index     918
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