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Ancient Greek Agriculture : An Introduction - Signe Isager

Ancient Greek Agriculture

An Introduction

Hardcover Published: 22nd October 1992
ISBN: 9780415001649
Number Of Pages: 234

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Agriculture was the main form of livelihood in Ancient Greece and was highly praised by contemporary Greek writers. Nevertheless, there has been no detailed study on the topic to this day. This book gives an introduction to Ancient Greek agriculture in the broadest sense of the word. The initial focus is firmly on the art of agriculture proper, the tools and the technique, the plants cultivated and animals reared. Thereafter Isager and Skydsgaard treat the position of agriculture in the society of gods and men in the Greek city-states. In the epilogue it is stated that Greek agriculture in the period of the city-states was rather primitive and the authors question the view which maintains that agriculture was the main source not only of livelihood but also of wealth in Ancient Greece.
The arguments of Ancient Greek Agriculture are strengthened by the book's close adherence to contemporary Greek sources, literary as well as archaeological, avoiding the use of later as well as of Roman material. The book treats a previously neglected theme which will be of central interest to ancient historians and archaeologists.

Prefacep. ix
The Art of Agriculturep. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Geographical Backgroundp. 9
Tilling and Cropsp. 19
Agricultural Implementsp. 44
Agricultural Buildingp. 67
Animal Husbandryp. 83
Agrarian Systemsp. 108
State and Agriculturep. 115
Introductionp. 117
Private Landp. 120
Taxes in Agriculturep. 135
Other Lawsp. 145
Labour and Statep. 149
Gods and Agriculturep. 157
Introductionp. 159
The Calendarp. 160
Agricultural Products for the Godsp. 169
Land Belonging to the Godsp. 181
The Animals of the Godsp. 191
Epiloguep. 199
Appendix: the Sacred Olivesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 206
Index of Passages Citedp. 224
General Indexp. 228
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ISBN: 9780415001649
ISBN-10: 0415001641
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 22nd October 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.05  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1