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Poverty, Wealth, and Well-Being: Experiencing Penia in Democratic Athens

Claire Taylor


In the fifth and fourth centuries BC Athenian ideas about poverty were ideologically charged. The poor were contrasted with the rich and found, for the most part, to be both materially and morally deficient. Reflecting ideas about labour, leisure, and good citizenship, the ‘poor’ were considered to be not only those who were destitute, or those who were living at the borders of subsistence, but also those who were moderately well off but had to work for a living. Defined this way, this group covered around 99% of the population of Athens. This book sets out to rethink what it meant to be poor ... More

Keywords: poverty, well-being, capabilities, wealth, income, inequality, economic sociology, rich, poor, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Taylor, author
John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek History, niversity of Wisconsin-Madison