1st Edition

Money, Labour and Land Approaches to the economics of ancient Greece

Edited By Paul Cartledge, Edward E. Cohen, Lin Foxhall Copyright 2001
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    The cultural wealth of the classical Greek world was matched by its material wealth, and there is abundant textual and archaeological evidence for both. However, radically different theoretical and methodological approaches have been used to interpret this evidence, and conflicts continue to rage as these different starting points produce clashing views on the significance and distribution of money, labour and land.
    Money, Labour and Land reflects the current explosion in ideas and research by assembling case-studies from an international selection of renowned US, British and European scholars. Drawing on comparative historical and anthropological approaches, sociological, economic and cultural theory, and developments in epigraphy, legal history, numismatics and spatial archaeology, this volume will be of interest to all students and scholars of ancient economies.

    List of figures and tables, List of contributors, Preface by Geoffrey Lloyd, 1 Introduction, 2 Hard surfaces, 3 Small change and the moneyed economy, 4 Demos’ phialê and the rhetoric of money in fourth-century Athens, 5 Workshop, marketplace and household: the nature of technical specialization in classical Athens and its influence on economy and society, 6 An unprofitable masculinity, 7 Markets, fairs and monetary loans: cultural history and economic history in Roman Italy and Hellenistic Greece, 8 Merchants, prostitutes and the ‘new poor’: forms of contract and social status, 9 Domination and exploitation, 10 The political economy of Greek slavery, 11 On Paul Cartledge, ‘The political economy of Greek slavery’, 12 The hireling and the slave: a transatlantic perspective, 13 A simple case of exploitation? The helots of Messenia, 14 The strategies of Mr Theopompos, 15 Access to resources in classical Greece: the egalitarianism of the polis in practice, Bibliography, Index of ancient authors, General index


    Paul Cartledge, Edward E. Cohen, Lin Foxhall

    'This is a thought-provoking collection of papers. It is to be highly recommended.' - Anglo Hellenic Review