The Economy of the Greek Cities: From the Archaic Period to the Early Roman Empire

The Economy of the Greek Cities: From the Archaic Period to the Early Roman Empire


By (author) Leopold Migeotte, Translated by Janet Lloyd

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520253663
  • ISBN 13: 9780520253667
  • Illustrations note: 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,360,191

Product description

This introduction to the Ancient Greek economy has proved popular in France, and has also been translated into Italian and Greek; this first English edition is of the second French edition of 2007. Migeotte tries to avoid getting bogged down in the theoretical debates which have characterised the last half-century of research on the ancient economy, instead providing a survey first of institutions and frameworks (the polis in particular) and then of the different sectors of the economy (agriculture, crafts, trade), he goes back to the primary sources and archaeology, allowing the reader to form their own impressions, as well as setting out his own more nuanced ideas. Above all he emphasises the diversity of the Ancient Greek economy and the co-existence of traits which appear both primitive and proto-capitalist.

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Author information

Leopold Migeotte is Professor Emeritus of History at Laval University, Quebec, and Directeur d'Etudes Associe at L'Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.

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"A very mature and thought-provoking book introducing an immense range of aspects in very little space." Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) 20100322 "The book's main strength lies in its clarity of structure and exposition and in its masterful control of the evidence." Journal Of Interdisciplinary History 20110321 "This is an excellent, concise introduction into the main branches of the economy of the Greek worlds." Klio 20110723 "[A] compact but impressive volume... Accessible to students new to the field of study." Ancient West & East 20121227