Warriors into Traders: The Power of the Market in Early Greece

Voorkant
University of California Press, 12 dec. 1997 - 311 pagina's
The eighth century dawned on a Greek world that had remained substantially unchanged during the centuries of stagnation known as the Dark Age. This book is a study of the economic and cultural upheaval that shook mainland Greece and the Aegean area in the eighth century, and the role that poetry played in this upheaval. Using tools from political and economic anthropology, David Tandy argues that between about 800 and 700 B.C., a great transformation of dominant economic institutions took place involving wrenching adjustments in the way status and wealth were distributed within the Greek communities.

Tandy explores the economic organization of preindustrial societies, both ancient and contemporary, to shed light on the Greek experience. He argues that the sudden shift in Greek economic formations led to new social behaviors and to new social structures such as the polis, itself a by-product of economic change. Unraveling the dialectic between the material record and epic poetry, Tandy shows that the epic tradition mirrored these new social behaviors and that it portrayed the stresses that economic change brought to the ancient Aegean world.

Tandy brings in comparative evidence from other small-scale communities beset by changes, spotlighting the specific plight of one community, Ascra in Boeotia, on whose behalf Hesiod sang his Works and Days. The result is a lively, moving account of a human dilemma that, many centuries later, is all too familiar.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Introduction
1
THE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
17
More Greeks
19
Snodgrasss Burial Counts
46
Adjustments to Snodgrasss Counts
51
Dedication Patterns on Mt Hymettus
54
Historical Patterns of Growth and the Greek Numbers
55
Early Movements of Goods and of Greeks
59
THE RESPONSES
139
Tools of Exclusion
141
Epic and Other Memories
166
Response from the Periphery
194
Conclusions
229
BIBLIOGRAPHY
235
SUBJECT INDEX
281
INDEX LOCORUM
291

Structure and Change in Dark Age Greece from the Fall of Mycenae through the Homeric Epics
84
A Great Transformation
112

Overige edities - Alles weergeven

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Populaire passages

Pagina vii - Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, Even to make the poor of the land to fail, Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? And the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, Making the ephah small, and the shekel great, And falsifying the balances by deceit? That we may buy the poor for silver, And the needy for a pair of shoes ; Yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Over de auteur (1997)

David W. Tandy is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Departments of Classics and Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. He has translated, with Walter C. Neale, Hesiod's Works and Days (California, 1996).

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