- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521780535
- ISBN-13: 978-0521780537
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,009,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World
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Good explanation of methodology applied, limitations of data collection and sources of information.
Chapters of Technology applied in Agriculture and manufacturing of consumer goods and construction materials are quite interesting and well researched.
It provides good description and analysis of the economic laws of the Roman Empire, Greece and Near East empires, such as the primitive forms of companies/partnerships and family business. It also has insightful information of the contracting and employment. There are Interesting tables, maps and figures with useful information illustrate properly the ideas and conclusions presented by qualified scholars.
It shed's light on the advent of the banking industry in the west, particularly in Greece in the last centuries before the fall of the Roman Empire. The book covers areas such as Urbanization, use of Metals, advanced large scale agriculture, trade, co\nsumer product distribution, taxation and production of basic goods.
There is a practical focus on regional economics, based on very local natural resources, political and institutional developments and technological capacity.
A highly recommended literature for those interested in the economic, sociological and technological aspects of the Western and Near East civilizations in the Hellenistic and Roman eras.