In this, the first comprehensive one-volume survey of the economies of classical antiquity, twenty-eight chapters summarise the current state of scholarship in their specialised fields and sketch new directions for research. The approach taken is both thematic, with chapters on the underlying determinants of economic performance, and chronological, with coverage of the whole of the Greek and Roman worlds extending from the Aegean Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The contributors move beyond the substantivist-formalist debates that dominated twentieth-century scholarship and display a new interest in economic growth in antiquity. New methods for measuring economic development are explored, often combining textual and archaeological data that have previously been treated separately. Fully accessible to non-specialist, the volume represents a major advance in our understanding of the economic expansion that made the civilisation of the classical Mediterranean world possible.
|Publication date:||22nd November 2012|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Categories:||General & world history, Ancient history: to c 500 CE, Economic history,|
Walter Scheidel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University. His publications include Measuring Sex, Age and Death in the Roman Empire (1996), Death on the Nile: Disease and the Demography of Roman Egypt (2001) and, as editor, Debating Roman Demography (2001) and The Ancient Economy (2002, with Sitta von Reden). Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and directs Stanford's excavation at Monte Polizzo, Sicily. His publications include The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (2005, with Barry Powell) and The Ancient Economy: Evidence and Models (2005, with Joe ...More About Walter Scheidel