Economy and Economics of Ancient Greece (Routledge Explorations in Economic History)

By Takeshi Amemiya

Addressing the lack of literature that has been written in this key point of monetary historical past, Takeshi Amemiya, a well-known best economist dependent at Stanford college, analyzes the 2 diametrically hostile perspectives in regards to the precise nature of the traditional Greek financial system, placing jointly a wide and accomplished survey that's extraordinary during this field.

Partly a bit of financial background, partially a critique of utilitarianism, this booklet explores all parts of the Athenian financial system, together with public finance, banking and production and exchange in addition to discussing the old, cultural, political and sociological stipulations of old Greece and the heritage during which the economic system developed.


As a instructor of an undergraduate path at the economic climate and Economics of historical Greece, Takeshi Amemiya has written an incisive textual content that's ideal for undergraduate scholars of monetary heritage, Greek historical past and tradition in addition to a being an invaluable reference element for graduates and of substantial curiosity to classicists at any point.

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Aspasia, Pericles’ mistress, was once a metic and a girl of such mind and literary expertise that Socrates is expounded to have studied rhetoric from her. In Lysias’ speech opposed to Diogeiton, Diogeiton married his daughter to his brother Diodotos. sons and a daughter have been born, yet Diodotos used to be killed in a conflict. Then Diogeiton usurped lots of the relatives estate and didn't supply a formal proportion to the youngsters of Diodotos even once they grew to become adults. therefore, Diodotos’ daughter’s husband sued Diogeiton. earlier than the case went to courtroom, Diogeiton’s daughter (she herself couldn't sue due to an Athenian legislation which prohibited suing through ladies) summoned her relations and relations together with Diogeiton and admonished her personal father in a stately demeanour. Priestesses of Athena and Demeter occupied positions of serious authority. Pseudo-Aristotle’s Oikonomikos, believed to be written through a disciple of Aristotle, comprises either derogatory and meritorious comments approximately ladies; hence, the writer is extra confident approximately girls than the true Aristotle. for instance, he writes husband should still honor his spouse subsequent to his personal mom and dad (Book I, bankruptcy VIII), and a husband and a spouse are equivalent (Book I, bankruptcy IX). within the fourth century a few girls started to obtain an schooling just like males and pursued careers in liberal arts and the professions (Pomeroy 1997, p. 133). Society and tradition 27 Citizenship, marriage, and inheritance In 451, Pericles handed a decree that qualified a baby as an Athenian citizen if and provided that either mom and dad have been electorate. to ensure that the decree to make experience, it appears a feminine citizen was once outlined to be a toddler of a citizen father. in truth, in fact, an grownup male citizen loved all of the political and felony rights lady citizen, as outlined above, didn't. A male citizen was once referred to as politès and a feminine citizen politis or astè. ahead of Pericles’ decree, citizenship required purely the daddy to be a citizen. After the center of the 5th century, it was once unlawful for an Athenian citizen, male or woman, to marry a noncitizen. A noncitizen came upon accountable of this act used to be bought as a slave, and an Athenian guy married to a noncitizen used to be fined 1,000 drachmas (Demosthenes LIX, opposed to Neaira, 16). residing with a noncitizen girl as a mistress, as Pericles did with Aspasia, used to be authorized. hence, Demosthenes says, part facetiously, “Courtesans (0ta8rav) we continue for the sake of enjoyment, mistresses (pallak+v) for the day-by-day care of our individuals, yet better halves (guna®kev) to endure us valid young ones and to be devoted guardians of our families” (ibid. 122, trans. A. T. Murray, Loeb Classical Library; Greek phrases are my insertions). Mistresses have been of 2 varieties: these stored to supply citizen teenagers and people no longer. the previous should have been unavoidably electorate themselves in view of Pericles’ decree, other than in terms of Aspasia, whose youngsters have been granted citizenship by way of a unique decree. The latter have been often slaves and their little ones additionally turned slaves (MacDowell 1978, p.

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