Cults as Consumers and Generators of Value
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.
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