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The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States
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    Alain Bresson
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The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States

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  • Alain Bresson
  • Princeton University Press
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  • 9780691183411
  • 9.21 X 6.14 X 1.44 inches
  • 2.17 pounds
  • History > Ancient - Greece
  • English
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A revolutionary account of the ancient Greek economy

This comprehensive introduction to the ancient Greek economy revolutionizes our understanding of the subject and its possibilities. Alain Bresson is one of the world's leading authorities in the field, and he is helping to redefine it. Here he combines a thorough knowledge of ancient sources with innovative new approaches grounded in recent economic historiography to provide a detailed picture of the Greek economy between the last century of the Archaic Age and the closing of the Hellenistic period. Focusing on the city-state, which he sees as the most important economic institution in the Greek world, Bresson addresses all of the city-states rather than only Athens.

An expanded and updated English edition of an acclaimed work originally published in French, the book offers a groundbreaking new theoretical framework for studying the economy of ancient Greece; presents a masterful survey and analysis of the most important economic institutions, resources, and other factors; and addresses some major historiographical debates. Among the many topics covered are climate, demography, transportation, agricultural production, market institutions, money and credit, taxes, exchange, long-distance trade, and economic growth.

The result is an unparalleled demonstration that, unlike just a generation ago, it is possible today to study the ancient Greek economy as an economy and not merely as a secondary aspect of social or political history. This is essential reading for students, historians of antiquity, and economic historians of all periods.

The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States

Author Bio

Alain Bresson is the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in Classics and History at the University of Chicago, and he was previously Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bordeaux.  

He received his doctorate from the University of Franche Comté, and his research interests include the ancient economy, the Hellenistic world, and the epigraphy of Rhodes and Asia Minor.  

Awards that he has received for his work include being named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2018-2019, and the Henry Breasted Prize for his 2016 volume on The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy.  Professor Bresson was the 2019/2020 Metcalf Lecturer for the AIA.

Prof. Bresson’s current research focuses on the ancient economy, with a current concentration in money and credit, questions on which he has already published extensively and on which he is preparing a new book. 

He also publishes regularly on the history, epigraphy and numismatics of various regions of the ancient world, especially Asia Minor. In collaboration with Askold Ivantchik he is preparing a new corpus of the inscriptions of Phrygian Apameia. 

He chaired the Department of Classics from July 1st, 2011, to June 30, 2014.

 

Source: Archeological Institute of America and The Department History University of Chicago

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