Athenian Economy and Society: A Banking Perspective by Edward Cohen PDF

By Edward Cohen

ISBN-10: 0691015929

ISBN-13: 9780691015927

ISBN-10: 0691036098

ISBN-13: 9780691036090

In this ground-breaking research of the world's first deepest banks, Edward Cohen convincingly demonstrates the life and functioning of a industry economic system in historic Athens whereas revising our figuring out of the society itself. difficult the "primitivistic" view, within which bankers are only pawnbrokers and money-changers, Cohen unearths that fourth-century Athenian bankers pursued subtle transactions. those dealings--although technologically a long way faraway from glossy procedures--were in monetary essence exact with the lending and deposit-taking that separate precise "banks" from different companies. He additional explores how the Athenian banks facilitated tax and creditor avoidance one of the filthy rich, and the way ladies and slaves performed vital roles in those relatives businesses--thereby gaining criminal rights totally unforeseen in a society supposedly ruled by means of an elite of male citizens.

Special emphasis is put on the mirrored image of Athenian cognitive styles in monetary practices. Cohen exhibits how transactions have been laid low with the complementary opposites embedded within the very constitution of Athenian language and suggestion. In flip, his research deals nice perception into day-by-day Athenian truth and cultural organization.

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