Antiquity and Capitalism: Max Weber and the Sociological Foundations of Roman Civilization
This ambitious study addresses the classic questions of the emergence, flowering, and decline of ancient civilization. The focus is on the socio-economic structure of Roman antiquity, but the approach differs from those of both mainstream historiography and Marxism in that it is fundamentally sociological in orientation.
Taking its lead from the work of the great German thinker Max Weber, the book conducts an in-depth analysis of the sociology of the Roman economy, Roman politics, and related institutions. The work also encompasses history, and seeks a dialogue with the contributions of modern historians which it strives to complement and clarify. The author argues that the concept of capitalism may be successfully applied to the ancient world if one cuts the concept free from its modern connotations to create a variant appropriate to the cultural conditions of antiquity.
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John R. Love
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A.H.M. Jones According to Weber acquisition activities Agrarian Sociology agriculture analysis ancient civilization ancient economy ancient Rome antiquity argues autarkic Badian basis Cambridge capitalist capitalist enterprise Cato Cato's century Cicero classical Columella commercial concerns contract costs crucial denarii Diocletian discussion division of labour early economic Economy and Society equestrians established evidence exchange existence exploitation factory Finley Finley's free labour freedmen function Garnsey Hopkins household ibid imperial important industry interest investment involved iugera kind land later latifundia London market capitalism master Max Weber means mediaeval military modern capitalism oikos oriented owner patrician peculium period political capitalism pottery primitivist production profit publicani question rational regards role Roman Empire Roman law Rome Rostovtzeff senators significance slave labour slavery social structure tax farming trade Trimalchio typical unfree unfree labour University Press urban various Varro wealth Weber's view