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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (1 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041594189X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415941891
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Scheidel currently teaches ancient history at the University of Chicago. Formerly Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge, and a visiting professor at Stanford University, he has published widely on ancient social and economic history, including Measuring sex, age and death in the Roman empire: explorations in ancient demography (1996) and Death on the Nile: disease and the demography of Roman Egypt (in press). Sitta von Reden is a Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By demola on 25 July 2010
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Moses Finley's ground breaking 1973 book The Ancient Economy sets the scene for this book also titled The Ancient Economy. From what I can gather, academics have been up in arms in two camps ever since Finley's book: one camp the "primitivists" follow Finley in asserting that ancient economies (if they can be called that) like those of Athens or Rome were mostly localized and driven by the exigencies of the day while the opposing camp of Rostovtzeff et al assert that contemporary concepts like "market economy", "supply and demand" etc can be applied to ancient economies. As it turns out, this book is a collection of essays exploring these two arguments and less an exposition of the ancient economy which was why I bought the book. Ouch. To be fair-er I learnt some things like the enormous wealth of some Roman senators and the extortionate bribes that had to be given (including even by our beloved Julius) in order to win any office. There are all sorts of quotations from ancient texts and historical details and statistical data (where available) that reveal more than one can glean from a "normal" history book/novel of Greece or Rome. Notwithstanding I can only recommend this book if you're writing a thesis or are an academic interested in the subject.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not worth it 1 Mar. 2013
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1) This book contains edited versions of older (back to '95) essays. Things have changed a lot since then.
2) Many of the essays are arguing definitions, not discussing the evidence ("This is primitivism", "No this is primitivism"), academic infighting at its worst.

I got this book because I wanted to get some idea of ancient Roman and Greek economy. I have been reading economic history as an amateur for several years now, from the Middle Ages on.

Two stars because there were 4 chapters that were useful (4, 7, 9 & 10).
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