The Economy of the Greek Cities
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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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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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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • 29 Sep 2009
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 3 maps
  • 0520253663
  • 9780520253667
  • 1,371,801

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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) "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 "This is an excellent, concise introduction into the main branches of the economy of the Greek worlds." Klio "[A] compact but impressive volume... Accessible to students new to the field of study." Ancient West & East

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"Eschewing the anachronistic oversimplification of modernist and formalist theory, Migeotte deftly marshals primary sources in the service of nuanced description. Migeotte's accessible text restores the ancient economyembedded, as the sources show, in a political, social, and cultural contextto its proper place in Greek civilization. A triumph of scholarly yet readable exposition!"Nicholas F. Jones, author of "Rural Athens Under the Democracy" Migeotte's work, firmly anchored in ancient evidence and balanced in judgment, is undoubtedly the best compact survey of the ancient Greek economy currently available. Walter Scheidel, lead editor of "The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World""

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