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The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC

The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC

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Edited by Zosia Archibald, Edited by John K. Davies, Edited by Vincent Gabrielsen

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 230mm x 38mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 11 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199587922
  • ISBN 13: 9780199587926
  • Illustrations note: 25 in-text illustrations, 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 822,540

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This selection of essays by key names in the field of ancient economies in the 'Hellenistic' age (c.330-30BCE), provides essential reading for anyone interested in the evolutionary building blocks of economic history in the eastern Mediterranean and neighbouring regions. Case studies look at management and institutions; human mobility and natural resources; the role of different agents - temples and cities, as well as rulers - in enhancing resources and circulating wealth; the levers exerted by monopolies and by disparate status groups, including slaves. An introductory essay summarizes the operational elements that drove the engines of these economies.

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Zosia Archibald is Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool John K. Davies is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool

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"The Economies of Hellenistic Societies is a valuable contribution to Hellenistic studies.... the individual papers are of outstanding quality and will be of interest to everyone interested in Hellenistic history."--Stanley M. Burstein, Classical Journal

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Jewish subjects and Seleukid kings: a case study of economic interaction ; 3. Mobility and innovation in Hellenistic economies: the causes and consequences of human traffic ; 4. Grain from Cyrene ; 5. Some aspects of large estate management in the Greek world during Classical and Hellenistic times ; 6. The impact of war on the economy of Hellenistic poleis: Demand creation, short-term influences, long-term impacts ; 7. Divine financiers: cults as consumers and generators of value ; 8. Observations on the economy in kind in Ptolemaic Egypt ; 9. The well-balanced polis: Ephesos ; 10. Labour in the Hellenistic economy: slavery as a test case ; 11. Profitable partnerships: Kings, cities, and trade ; 12. The economy of Koile Syria after the Seleukid conquest: an archaeological contribution ; 13. Wine and amphorae: production and transport ; 14. Networks, hierarchies and markets in the Ptolemaic economy ; 15. Autopsy of a crisis: Wealth, Protogenes and the city of Olbia c.200 BC ; 16. Mobility, society and economy in the Hellenistic period ; 17. Inter-regional economies in the Aegean basin ; 18. Animal husbandry in Ptolemaic Egypt ; 19. The 'silverization' of the economy of the Achaemenid and Seleukid empires and early modern China ; 20. Demand creation, comsumption and power in Ptolemaic Egypt ; 21. Afterword