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Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens

Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens

by Paul MillettPaul Millett
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Lending and borrowing were commonplace in Athens during the fourth century BC and could involve interest rates, security and banks, but the part played by credit was very different from its familiar role in capitalist society. Using a combination of sources, but concentrating on the law-court speeches of the Attic orators, Dr Millett shows that it is possible to see how lending and borrowing were a way of ordering social relations between Athenian citizens. Although debt could be disruptive, it had as its more positive side the strengthening of ties between individuals. That was, in turn, an aspect of the solidarity between citizens that was a part of the Athenian democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521373333
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/26/1991
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Approaches to lending and borrowing; 2. The ideology of lending and borrowing; 3. Borrowing and repayment; 4. The role of interest; 5. Philia and friendship 6. Non-professional lending: loans without interest; 7. Non-professional lending: loans bearing interest; 8. Professional money-lending; 9. Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography.

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