Economy and Economics of Ancient Greece: Economy of Ancient by Takeshi Amemiya

By Takeshi Amemiya

Addressing the lack of literature that has been written in this key element of monetary background, Takeshi Amemiya, a well-known major economist dependent at Stanford college, analyzes the 2 diametrically hostile perspectives in regards to the specified nature of the traditional Greek financial system, placing jointly a extensive and finished survey that's unparalleled during this field.

Partly a section of financial historical past, partially a critique of utilitarianism, this ebook explores all parts of the Athenian economic system, together with public finance, banking and production and alternate in addition to discussing the ancient, cultural, political and sociological stipulations of historic Greece and the heritage within which the economic system developed.


As a instructor of an undergraduate path at the economic system and Economics of historic Greece, Takeshi Amemiya has written an incisive textual content that's ideal for undergraduate scholars of financial heritage, Greek historical past and tradition in addition to a being an invaluable reference aspect for graduates and of substantial curiosity to classicists at any point.

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Rome defeated Hannibal of Carthage in the Second Punic War. After that, Rome turned their guns on Greece. Rome conquered Macedonia. Athens also came under Roman control and an oligarchic tendency was strengthened. Octavius conquered Alexandria, the last stronghold of the Hellenistic empire. 2 Society and culture I will present various aspects of Greek society and culture primarily in the Classical Age but sometimes from the earlier periods as well. Religion A good introduction to Greek religion without a rationalistic bias is by Easterling and Muir (1985).

Xenophon (Memorabilia, I. ii. 1) writes: No less wonderful is it to me that some believed the charge brought against Socrates of corrupting the youth. In the first place, apart from what I have said, in control of his own passions and appetites he was the strictest of men; further, in endurance of cold and heat and every kind of toil he was most resolute; and besides, his needs were so schooled to moderation that having very little he was yet very content. Such was his own character: how then can he have led others into impiety, crime, gluttony, lust, or sloth?

It was the only community that survived the devastation of the Dark Age. Hence Athenians prided themselves as autochthonos (springing from the earth), meaning they had always 6 Economy and Economics of Ancient Greece been there. According to Athenian tradition, Dracon introduced laws about homicide and other offences in 620. Not much about Dracon is known, however. In the beginning of the sixth century, Solon contributed a great deal to the development of the Athenian polis. He compiled a new code of laws, superseding most of the more severe laws of Dracon, established the foundation of the Athenian constitution (which will be discussed in detail in Chapter 3, “Athenian democracy”), abolished debts incurred by thètes (the lowest income class), made the enslavement of citizens illegal, and stimulated the economy and trade by bringing foreign residents (metics) to Athens and letting them engage in manufacturing and trade.

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