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The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC$
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Zosia Archibald, John K. Davies, and Vincent Gabrielsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199587926.001.0001

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Mobility and Innovation in Hellenistic Economies

Mobility and Innovation in Hellenistic Economies

The Causes and Consequences of Human Traffic

(p.42) 3 Mobility and Innovation in Hellenistic Economies
The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC

Zosia H. Archibald

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines mobility in the eastern Mediterranean area in the final three centuries BC. It argues that mobility and innovation were connected, albeit indirectly, in the Hellenistic world and that comparative examples of innovation from other periods and places can enhance the understanding of how this may have occurred. It discusses movements of military manpower and contemporary patterns of mobility. It presents a case study of the movement of craftsmen in Greek sanctuaries, and considers the nature of incentives to leave the homelands. It also discusses how the science of social networks provides a method for understanding the complexity of social structures in Hellenistic states.

Keywords:   Hellenistic period, mobility, innovation, eastern Mediterranean, social networks

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