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Ancient Economies of the Northern AegeanFifth to First Centuries BC$
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Zosia Halina Archibald

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682119.001.0001

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Societies and economies

Societies and economies

(p.85) 3 Societies and economies
Ancient Economies of the Northern Aegean

Zosia Halina Archibald

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of the discourse on ancient economies, and seeks to apply recent models and concepts to the north Aegean area. Twentieth-century historians of antiquity have followed their nineteenth-century forebears in emphasizing the close connection between the social and the economic. The connection is explored in terms of market relations, focusing particularly on the demand for markets, whether among Xenophon's ‘Cyrean’ mercenaries, trying to get across north-west Asia Minor and serving in south-eastern Thrace; or in terms of the regulations for selling or purchasing slaves and pack animals at Abdera. The demand for particular commodities was driven by social expectations which, in the northern Aegean, were led by the high-ranking followers and associates of the ruling dynasties. Evidence within the north Aegean region suggests a different set of social emphases from the impressions given by Athenian drama and forensic oratory.

Keywords:   Max Weber, Werner Sombart, Moses Finley, New Institutional Economics, Thorstein Veblen, social networks, markets, social status, rank, noblemen and noble women

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