Economic and Social History of Ancient Greece

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University of California Press, 1980 - Business & Economics - 397 pages
This book is an English version of the book originally published in French under the title of Economies et societes en Grece ancienne. The opportunity has been taken to correct some errors, update bibliographical references, add a few passage to the selection of ancient sources, and improve the material presentation in several respects. But otherwise this remains substantially the same book as the original French version.The book is aimed in the first place at an undergraduate audience, though it is hoped that it will also be of interest to a wiser, non-specialist readership interested in the history and civilization of Ancient Greece. It attempts to meet a need well-known to all those who have to teach Greek history in universities. Students, long dissatisfied with a purely political approach to Greek history, ask for more 'economic and social' history. One then has to answer--tand this book is a very modest attempt at an answer--that neither the 'economic' nor the 'social' category had in the Greek city the same independent status they now enjoy. The book takes its starting-point in this ambiguity; it accepts the challenge, but rejects the formulation of the question. Anyone who has been asked to explain once and for all the role played by slaves in social conflicts in the Greek world will understand what we mean. — Publisher description.
 

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Contents

The Homeric World
36
The Archaic Period EighthSixth Centuries
49
The Archaic States and Sparta
78
Classical Athens
94
The Greek Cities and Economic Problems
112
The Time of Crises
131
Concepts and General Problems
159
Hesiod and the need for work
176
Division of tasks and maritime specialization among the Phaeacians Odyssey
200
Homeric demioergoi Odyssey
201
the Cyclopes Odyssey
202
Good neighbours and selfsufficiency Hesiod
203
The Archaic Period EighthSixth Centuries
205
Peasants in the city Theognis
206
The hoplites republic Aristotle
207
mercenaries in Egypt inscription
209

The distinction between the artisan and his work Plutarch
177
Can one sell ribbons be an Athenian woman and remain respectable? Demosthenes
178
Work and slavery Aristophanes
180
the different types of social authority Aristotle
181
women Herodotus Pherecrates
184
Myth on the origins of male democracy at Athens Varro
186
the old versus the young? The debate on the Sicilian expedition 415 Thucydides
187
The popular classes as seen by an oligarch Ps Xenophon
189
Aristotles terminology
190
Redistribution of the wealth of the city among the citizens Herodotus
193
The Homeric World
195
Homeric values Iliad
196
The store room of the oikos Odyssey
197
Eumaeus describes the flocks of Odysseus Odyssey
198
gift and countergift Odyssey
199
the liberation of the land and of the men 594
210
Solon and the artisans Plutarch
212
Solons alleged reform of weights measures and coins Aristotle Androtion
214
The Archaic States and Sparta
245
Classical Athens
263
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288
The Time of Crises
334
Timoleon resettles Sicily c 338337 Plutarch
355
foreigners and traders in the city
362
Horoi
368
against the separation of city and countryside
375
Plato on war between Greeks
381
Supplementary Bibliography
387
299
392
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Pierre Emmanuel Vidal-Naquet was a French historian who began teaching at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in 1969. Vidal-Naquet was a specialist in the study of Ancient Greece, but was also interested in contemporary history, particularly the Algerian War (1954-62).

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