Hellenistic Economies

Hellenistic Economies

by Zofia H. Archibald
     
 

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The economies of classical and Mediterranean antiquity are currently a battleground. Some scholars see them as lively and progressive, even proto-capitalist: others see them as static, embedded in social action and status relationships. Focusing on the central period of the Mediterranean 330-30 BC, this book contributes substantially to the debate, by

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The economies of classical and Mediterranean antiquity are currently a battleground. Some scholars see them as lively and progressive, even proto-capitalist: others see them as static, embedded in social action and status relationships. Focusing on the central period of the Mediterranean 330-30 BC, this book contributes substantially to the debate, by juxtaposing general questions of theory and model-building with case-studies which examine specific areas and kinds of evidence. It breaks new ground by distilling and presenting new and newly-reinterpreted evidence for the Hellenistic era, by opening the debate on how we should replace Rostovtzeff's classic view of this period, and by offering a compelling new set of interpretative ideas to the debate on the ancient economy.

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In 13 essays from a June 1998 conference in Liverpool, prehistorians and archaeologists leap into the debate over whether the economies of classical and Mediterranean antiquity were either lively, progressive, and even proto-capitalist, or static, and embedded in social action and status relationships. Juxtaposing questions of theory and model building with case studies from 330-33 BC, they explore such issues as the intersections of city, rural, and royal economies; the effects of monetization and urbanization; and the power inherent in the possession and control of primary materials such as salt, corn, and timber. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780415620222
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/27/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

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