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Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens - Paul Millett

Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens


Published: 2nd February 2004
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Lending and borrowing were commonplace in Athens during the fourth century BC and could involve interest rates, security and banks, but the part played by credit was very different from its familiar role in capitalist society. Using a combination of sources, but concentrating on the law-court speeches of the Attic orators, Dr Millett shows that it is possible to see how lending and borrowing were a way of ordering social relations between Athenian citizens. Although debt could be disruptive, it had as its more positive side the strengthening of ties between individuals. That was, in turn, an aspect of the solidarity between citizens that was a part of the Athenian democracy.

Approaches to lending and borrowing
The ideology of lending and borrowing
Borrowing and repayment
The role of interest
Philia and friendship 6. Non-professional lending: loans without interest
Non-professional lending: loans bearing interest
Professional money-lending
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ISBN: 9780521373333
ISBN-10: 0521373336
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 2nd February 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.73