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3.0 out of 5 stars "Evidence for real growth in olive production"!!, 25 July 2010
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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