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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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Observations on the Economy in Kind in Ptolemaic Egypt

Observations on the Economy in Kind in Ptolemaic Egypt

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(p.166) 8 Observations on the Economy in Kind in Ptolemaic Egypt
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The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC
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Lucia Criscuolo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199587926.003.0008

This chapter evaluates the following assumptions: that the Egyptians either remained, or tended to remain, devoted to an economy in kind, only lightly touched by increasing monetization, and always under fiscal pressure; while the Greeks were the main recipients of any provision taken by the central administration involving the use of money. These are examined from two perspectives: first whether the countryside did or did not tend to use agricultural products as money; and secondly the hypothesis that such a use was preferred by the Egyptians.

Keywords:   Egyptians, Greeks, economy, money, countryside, agricultural products

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