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Poiesis: Manufacturing in Classical Athens

Peter Acton


Poiesis summarizes the literary and archaeological evidence and the recent work of subject experts on each of the major sectors of manufacturing in which the residents of Athens engaged. By applying a conceptual framework derived from contemporary business strategy, it identifies the probable structure of each industry: which lent themselves to the employment of large gangs of slaves, which remained the province of small craftsmen and which provided the best returns to capital and labor. The book relates the opportunities provided by various types of engagement in manufacturing to the social a ... More

Keywords: manufacturing, Athens, craftsman, capital, labor, classical Greece, business strategy, industry structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199335930
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Acton, author
Kilmacurragh Pty Ltd.