Review by Choice Review
This survey volume presents the current state of scholarship on the economic history of classical Greece and Rome and suggests its future direction. It is chronologically organized, and each topical segment is illuminated by the insights of specialists, yielding a rich, multidimensional image of these ancient cultures and economies. Clearly much more is known now than a half-century ago because of the volume and nature of materials made available from modern archaeology. Historians can now generate reasonable quantitative descriptions of these early societies, and important questions heretofore beyond the limits of reasonable consideration may now be addressed; e.g., did the ancient Greek and Roman economies experience secular growth? The tentative findings, in sharp departure from the past, suggest they did. There is inevitably some unevenness among the chapters, and the decision to devote more space to preclassical Greek history than to all of Rome's seems, at least, debatable. Nonetheless, by presenting current scholarship and its prospective future course, the editors (all, Stanford Univ.) have produced a very important work. Prodigious bibliography (148 pages). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty and research collections. J. Murdock emeritus, University of Missouri--Columbia
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