The Ancient Economy

The Ancient Economy : Evidence and Models

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Historians and archaeologists normally assume that the economies of ancient Greece and Rome between about 1000 BC and AD 500 were distinct from those of Egypt and the Near East. However, very different kinds of evidence survive from each of these areas, and specialists have, as a result, developed very different methods of analysis for each region. This book marks the first time that historians and archaeologists of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome have come together with sociologists, political scientists, and economists, to ask whether the differences between accounts of these regions reflect real economic differences in the past, or are merely a function of variations in the surviving evidence and the intellectual traditions that have grown up around it. The contributors describe the types of evidence available and demonstrate the need for clearer thought about the relationships between evidence and models in ancient economic history, laying the foundations for a new comparative account of economic structures and growth in the ancient Mediterranean world.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Stanford University Press
  • Palo Alto, United States
  • English
  • 6 tables, 24 figures
  • 0804757550
  • 9780804757553
  • 409,760

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"This book is witness to the lively debates currently held on ancient economic history. All the authors are resolved to go beyond the orthodoxies established by Finley; they actually do incorporate questions and methods from economic history and theory of other periods without exposing themselves to the accusation of formalism or modernism... This book is an important step towards an economic history or the ancient Mediterranean."-EH.Net "We have waited too long for this fine book."-Journal of Interdisciplinary History "[This book] is an important and timely contribution to a growing field in the study of Mediterranean antiquity."-Canadian Journal of History

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About J. G. Manning

J. G. Manning is Associate Professor of Classics at Stanford University. Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University.

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Historians and archaeologists normally assume that the economies of ancient Greece and Rome between about 1000 BC and AD 500 were distinct from those of Egypt and the Near East. However, very different kinds of evidence survive from each of these areas, and specialists have, as a result, developed very different methods of analysis for each region. This book marks the first time that historians and archaeologists of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome have come together with sociologists, political scientists, and economists, to ask whether the differences between accounts of these regions reflect real economic differences in the past, or are merely a function of variations in the surviving evidence and the intellectual traditions that have grown up around it. The contributors describe the types of evidence available and demonstrate the need for clearer thought about the relationships between evidence and models in ancient economic history, laying the foundations for a new comparative account of economic structures and growth in the ancient Mediterranean world.

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We have waited too long for this fine book. Journal of Interdisciplinary History "[This book] is an important and timely contribution to a growing field in the study of Mediterranean antiquity." Canadian Journal of History"

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Table of contents

Table of Contents for The Ancient Economy List of Figures List of Tables List of Contributors 1. Introduction, by Ian Morris and J.G. Manning Part I: The Near East 2. The Near East: The Bronze Age, by Mario Liverani 3. The Economy of the Near East in the First Millennium BC, by Peter R. Bedford 4. Comment on Liverani and Bedford, by Mark Granovetter Part II: The Aegean 5. Archaeology, Standards of Living, and Greek Economic History, by Ian Morris 6. Linear and Nonlinear Flow Models for Ancient Economies, by John K. Davies 7. Comment on Davies, by Takeshi Amemiya Part III: Egypt 8. The Relationship of Evidence in the Ptolemaic Economy (332-30 BC), by J.G. Manning 9. Evidence and Models for the Economy of Roman Egypt, by Roger S. Bagnall Part IV: The Roman Mediterranean 10. "The Advantages of Wealth and Luxury": The Case for Economic Growth in the Roman Empire, by R. Bruce Hitchner 11. Framing the Debate Over Growth in the Ancient Economy, by Richard Saller 12. Comment on Hitchner and Saller, by Avner Greif Bibliography Index

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