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The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC

Zosia Archibald, John K. Davies, and Vincent Gabrielsen


This book presents a detailed account of 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 chapter summarizes the operational elements that drove the engines of these economies.

Keywords: economic history, eastern Mediterranean, human mobility, natural resource, temple, wealth, slave, economy

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587926
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199587926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zosia Archibald, editor
Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool

John K. Davies, editor
Emeritus Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool

Vincent Gabrielsen, editor
Professor of History at the Saxo Institute of the University of Copenhagen

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1 Introduction

Zosia H. Archibald and John K. Davies

4 Grain from Cyrene

Alain Bresson

7 Divine Financiers

Véronique Chankowski

9 The Well-Balanced Polis

John K. Davies

11 Profitable Partnerships

Vincent Gabrielsen

15 Autopsy of a Crisis

Christel Müller

21 Afterword

Vincent Gabrielsen