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Athenian Economy and Society A Banking Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0691015929

ISBN-13: 9780691015927

Edition: 1992

Authors: Edward Cohen

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In this ground-breaking analysis of the world's first private banks, Edward Cohen convincingly demonstrates the existence and functioning of a market economy in ancient Athens while revising our understanding of the society itself. Challenging the "primitivistic" view, in which bankers are merely pawnbrokers and money-changers, Cohen reveals that fourth-century Athenian bankers pursued sophisticated transactions. These dealings--although technologically far removed from modern procedures--were in financial essence identical with the lending and deposit-taking that separate true "banks" from other businesses. He further explores how the Athenian banks facilitated tax and creditor avoidance…    
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/26/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.94" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Market Economy
Banking Reality
The Athenian Economy
The Trapeza as True Bank
Currency Exchange
False Anachronism: The Modern Invention of the Athenian Pawnshop
A Methodological Alternative to the Misuse of Statistics
The Perils of Cliometrics
""Forensic Attestation"": An Alternative Approach
Financial Context and Concepts
Freedom from Regulation and Oligopoly