The Ancient Economy (Sather Classical Lectures)

The Ancient Economy (Sather Classical Lectures)

M. I. Finley


"Technical growth, monetary progress, productiveness, even potency haven't been major pursuits because the starting of time," announces M. I. Finley in his vintage paintings. The states of the traditional Mediterranean international had no recognizable real-property industry, by no means fought a commercially encouraged conflict, witnessed no force to capital formation, and assigned the administration of many sizeable firms to slaves and ex-slaves. in brief, to review the economies of the traditional international, one needs to commence by means of discarding many premises that appeared self-evident earlier than Finley confirmed that they have been dead or deceptive. to be had back, with a brand new foreword via Ian Morris, those sagacious, fertile, and sometimes combative essays are only as electrifying at the present time as while Finley first wrote them.

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