Governmental Intervention in Foreign Trade in Archaic and Classical Greece

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BRILL, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 266 pages
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Trade was a necessity in the ancient Greek world, yet the prevalent scholarly view is that Greek states intervened in foreign trade only rarely and sporadically. This book studies four necessary commodities, gold, silver, ship-building timber and grain, from production through export to import. Through the re-evaluation of known evidence and the presentation of new avenues of research, the book shows that Greek and non-Greek governments in the archaic and classical periods intervened and involved themselves greatly in foreign trade. The book offers the student of the Greek economy a fresh perspective on state intervention in trade and the ways in which intervention worked in the Greek world.
  

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Contents

The Exporters of Gold and Silver
31
The Athenian Silver Industry
49
The Importers of Gold and Silver
67
Concluding Remarks
97
Introduction
105
Prolegomena
107
The Exporters of Timber
111
Timber for Athens
117
Prolegomena
153
The Exporters of Grain
155
Grain for Athens
169
Grain beyond Athens
193
Concluding Remarks
207
Conclusion
211
Works Cited
237
Index
253

Fleets outside Athens
141
Concluding Remarks
149

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About the author (2009)

Errietta M.A. Bissa, Ph.D. (2008) in Ancient History, University of London, is a lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter.