The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC

ISBN : 9780199587926

Zosia Archibald; John K. Davies; Vincent Gabrielsen
480 ページ
167 x 238 mm

This selection of essays by key names in the field of ancient economies in the 'Hellenistic' age (c.330-30BCE), provides essential reading for anyone interested in the evolutionary building blocks of economic history in the eastern Mediterranean and neighbouring regions. Case studies look at management and institutions; human mobility and natural resources; the role of different agents - temples and cities, as well as rulers - in enhancing resources and circulating wealth; the levers exerted by monopolies and by disparate status groups, including slaves. An introductory essay summarizes the operational elements that drove the engines of these economies.


1. Introduction
2. Jewish subjects and Seleukid kings: a case study of economic interaction
3. Mobility and innovation in Hellenistic economies: the causes and consequences of human traffic
4. Grain from Cyrene
5. Some aspects of large estate management in the Greek world during Classical and Hellenistic times
6. The impact of war on the economy of Hellenistic poleis: Demand creation, short-term influences, long-term impacts
7. Divine financiers: cults as consumers and generators of value
8. Observations on the economy in kind in Ptolemaic Egypt
9. The well-balanced polis: Ephesos
10. Labour in the Hellenistic economy: slavery as a test case
11. Profitable partnerships: Kings, cities, and trade
12. The economy of Koile Syria after the Seleukid conquest: an archaeological contribution
13. Wine and amphorae: production and transport
14. Networks, hierarchies and markets in the Ptolemaic economy
15. Autopsy of a crisis: Wealth, Protogenes and the city of Olbia c.200 BC
16. Mobility, society and economy in the Hellenistic period
17. Inter-regional economies in the Aegean basin
18. Animal husbandry in Ptolemaic Egypt
19. The 'silverization' of the economy of the Achaemenid and Seleukid empires and early modern China
20. Demand creation, comsumption and power in Ptolemaic Egypt
21. Afterword


Zosia Archibald, Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool; John K. Davies, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool; Vincent Gabrielsen, Professor of History at the Saxo Institute of the University of Copenhagen