Risk and Survival in Ancient Greece

Risk and Survival in Ancient Greece

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Description

In this path-breaking work, Thomas Gallant presents a highly original analysis of the ancient Greek domestic economy. Confronted with a capricious natural environment and equipped with rudimentary technology, Greek peasants developed an extensive and delicate web of risk-management strategies. Gallant examines these strategies and the key adaptive measures by which the ancient Greeks coped with major fluctuations in food production and supply.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 550g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745608841
  • 9780745608846

Table of contents

Introduction - the domestic economy and subsistence risk; ancient households and their life cycle; adaptive measures in the agricultural system; structural constraints and the household vulnerability cycle; response strategies to food shortage - household self-help systems; "with a little help from my friends" - interpersonal risk-buffering behaviour; the domestic economy and the dialectic of subsistence risk.show more