Maritime Traders in the Ancient Greek World

Maritime Traders in the Ancient Greek World

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This is the first full work since Hasebroek's Trade and Politics in the Ancient World to deal directly with the place of maritime traders in ancient Greece. Its main assumption is that traders' juridical, economic, political and unofficial standing can only be viewed correctly through the lens of the polis framework. It argues that those engaging in inter-regional trade with classical Athens were mainly poor and foreign (hence politically inert at Athens). Moreover, Athens, as well as other classical Greek poleis, resorted to limited measures, well short of war or other modes of economic imperialism, to attract them. However, at least in the minds of individual Athenians considerations of traders' indispensability to Athens displaced what otherwise would have been low estimations of their social status.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 18mm | 439.99g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 maps
  • 0521268486
  • 9780521268486

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'... a scholarly study of the highest order ... he has made it accessible to a wider range of scholars. It will remain the last word on the subject until the unlikely event of the appearance of significant new evidence.' The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

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About C. M. Reed

Charles Reed is William States Lee Professor of History at Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; List of references to Greek terms; Maps; Introduction; 1. Coming to terms; 2. Classical modes and patterns of exchange; 3. The juridical place of maritime traders; 4. The level of wealth of maritime traders; 5. Official attitudes toward maritime traders; 6. Unofficial attitudes toward maritime traders; 7. Archaic modes of exchange and the personnel involved, c. 800-475 BC; 8. Conclusion: then and now; Appendices; Bibliography; Indexes.

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