This collection addresses the nature of trade, and the effects it had in cities throughout the ancient world, from the Bronze Age Near East to late Roman northern Italy, and challenges the received notion of the unsophisticated nature of early trade. The book explores a variety of aspects of ancient trade, a study of archaic central Italy which stresses the role of the artisan in social development, and a discussion of the complex issue of the exchange of grain between Athens and the Black Sea in the fifth and fourth centuries. A comprehensive and well-researched book, this volume employs the most current archaeological, papyrological, epigraphic and literary evidence to offer innovative and stimulating analyses of the importance and influence of trade in the ancient world.
"Largely derived from a conference held at the University of St.Andrews in 1995, this collection of 11 essays takes a fresh look at the relationship between the city and the ancient economy...Taken as a whole, these articles attempt to move beyond the standard primitivist versus modernist view of the ancient economy, though most seem more comfortable in the latter camp. Even so, they try to address the question in new ways...Contributors present their arguments in a clear fashion largely devoid of the confusing jargon typical of books devoted to the subject. In doing so they have created a work bound to pique the interest both of the newcomers to the field and of general readers and to stimulate discussion among expert scholars.."