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Maritime Traders in the Ancient Greek World

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  • Author: C. M. Reed, Queens College, North Carolina
  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044189


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  • It has been claimed that ancient Athens differed from ancient Sparta and resembled Renaissance Italian republics and the early modern Dutch republic in being an aggressively commercial state with a business-minded elite. This work aims to refute that view. It argues that those trading with Athens were mainly poor and foreign--hence politically insignificant to Athens. Athens and other Greek states had no merchant marine of their own and took only limited measures, always short of war and lesser means of commercial imperialism, to attract maritime traders.

    • First full study of the subject for seventy years
    • Examines in the conclusion the most crucial stages in the transformation of the place of merchants from ancient Greece to the present
    • Written in plain, jargon-free English and fully accessible to readers without Greek
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a worthwhile book that should be read by all those who are interested in ancient Greek trade and the ancient Greek economy in general." EH.NET

    "An important contribution to the understanding of ancient Greek maritime traders." International Journal of Maritime History

    "...sensible and is a useful contribution by a scholar who has thought about ancient traders for a long time, and it is short enough to be read by almost anyone." Journal of Classical Association of Canada Kathryn Simonsen, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044189
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.276kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    List of references to Greek terms
    1. Coming to terms
    2. Classical modes and patterns of exchange
    3. The juridical place of maritime traders
    4. The level of wealth of maritime traders
    5. Official attitudes toward maritime traders
    6. Unofficial attitudes toward maritime traders
    7. Archaic modes of exchange and the personnel involved, c. 800–475 BC
    8. Conclusion: then and now

  • Author

    C. M. Reed, Queens College, North Carolina
    Charles Reed is William States Lee Professor of History at Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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