Ancient Economy

ISBN-10: 0520219465
ISBN-13: 9780520219465
Edition: 1999 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

"Technical progress, economic growth, productivity, even efficiency have not been significant goals since the beginning of time," declares M. I. Finley in his classic work. The states of the ancient Mediterranean world had no recognizable real-property market, never fought a commercially inspired war, witnessed no drive to capital formation, and assigned the management of many substantial enterprises to slaves and ex-slaves. In short, to study the economies of the ancient world, one must begin by discarding many premises that seemed self-evident before Finley showed that they were useless or misleading. Available again, with a new foreword by Ian Morris, these sagacious, fertile, and occasionally combative essays are just as electrifying today as when Finley first wrote them.

Ian Morris is a history professor who earned his PhD at Cambridge University before becoming Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University in 1995. Before joining Stanford University Professor Ian Morris served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Chair of Classics Department and Director of Social Science History Institute. He also founded and directed the Stanford Archaelogy Center. Between 2000 and 2006 Professor Ian Morris directed Stanford University's excavation at Monte Polizzo, Sicily. Professor Morris has been awarded fellowships from both the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. and Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ian Morris's interest in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries lead him to his career as an archaelogist and historian of ancient Greece studying texts and excavating sites around the Mediterranean Sea. This interest has lead him to write or edit 11 books on the subject with the most recent being Why The West Rules... For Now. It asks the question how geography and natural resources have shaped the distribution of wealth and power around the world for the past 20,000 years and how the will shape our future.

Foreword to Updated Edition
Preface
Some Dates for Orientation
Map: The Roman Empire in the Second Century A.D.
The Ancients and Their Economy
Orders and Status
Masters and Slaves
Landlords and Peasants
Town and Country
The State and the Economy
Further Thoughts (1984)
Abbreviations and Short Titles
Notes
Index

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