Olive Cultivation in Ancient Greece: Seeking the Ancient Economy

Olive Cultivation in Ancient Greece: Seeking the Ancient Economy


By (author) Lin Foxhall

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 216mm x 24mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 11 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198152884
  • ISBN 13: 9780198152880
  • Illustrations note: 82 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,042,733

Product description

Lin Foxhall explores the cultivation of the olive as an extended case study for understanding ancient Greek agriculture in its landscape, economic, social, and political settings. Evidence from written sources, archaeology, and visual images is assembled to focus on what was special about the cultivation and processing of the olive in classical and archaic Greece, and how and why these practices differed from Roman ones. This investigation opens up new ways of thinking about the economies of the archaic and classical Greek world.

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Lin Foxhall is Professor of Greek Archaeology and History at the University of Leicester.

Review quote

Packed with judicious, commonsensical observations, and founded as much on sweaty survey work in the field as on library lucubration, here is a comprehensive, engaging and exceptionally clear account of olive production Gerald Cadogan, The Anglo-Hellenic Review Foxhall does a terrific job... The volume is amply illustrated with helpful archaeological plans and photographs whose content is actually discernible David W. Tandy, Europe: Ancient and Medieval Foxhall's much-anticipated monograph on Greek oleo-culture is a throughly informative and provocative work that now ranks among the most important treatments of the subject. Bradley A. Ault American Journal of Archaeology ...this original work, matured over time, is based on a deep knowledge of Greece and its olive production. Jean-Pierre Brun Antiquity thorough and enlightening at every step of the way D. Brent Sandy, The Bulletin of the American Society of Papapyrologists ...a straightforward and technical study of cultivation and processing...Yet at the same time designed as a case study to shed light on more general characteristics of the pre-Hellenistic Greek economy Walter Scheidel, Times Literary Supplement ...a groundbreaking book. Bryn Mawr Classical Review an outstanding and transcendent piece of research. It is also a fascinating work to read and engage with. David Mattingly, Agricultural History Review This is an important volume, one that perhaps [Foxhall] alone could have produced, and it is to be welcomed. J.G. Manning, Classical Review

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Wealthy Households: Theory, Sources, Methodology ; 3. The Agricultural Holdings of Large-Scale Households ; 4. The Domestic Consumption of Olive Oil ; 5. Cultivating the Olive ; 6. Processing Olives ; 7. Arboriculture and Ornamental Gardens in Ancient Greece ; 8. Conclusions