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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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Divine Financiers

Divine Financiers

Cults as Consumers and Generators of Value

(p.142) 7 Divine Financiers
The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC

Véronique Chankowski

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the economic activities of sanctuaries. It assesses the manner in which activities connected with the accumulation and circulation of wealth were balanced in the sanctuaries, and the role played by sanctuaries in the movement of money and in the cash economy. It considers two aspects of the divine patrimony: accumulated offerings and holdings of real property; and two aspects of involvement by sanctuaries in economic life: building projects and the organization of their finances.

Keywords:   wealth accumulation, sanctuaries, cash economy, divine patrimony, real property, economic life

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