Economies Beyond Agriculture in the Classical World by David J. Mattingly, John Salmon

By David J. Mattingly, John Salmon

Economies past Agriculture within the Classical international will charm more often than not to experts within the heritage of the traditional Greek and Roman economies, yet can also be worthwhile to any monetary historians who've a few wisdom of the historic context of the Greco-Roman global and the talk approximately its economy,It will improve our realizing of the traditional economic climate.

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It might be added that a proportion of those living in towns and cities were primarily cultivators, walking out to farm their land as required. There is also uncertainty over the extent to which increased numbers in urban communities were matched by correspondingly lower rural populations. Because of the observed association of urban life with economic development, the migration of population from rural to urban sectors is often automatically assumed to generate higher levels of non-agricultural production and growth (Gould 1972, 72–5).

2 Zolatas argues (135) that Aristotle in the Metaphysics anticipates his own thesis that human wants are not infinite but may be stabilized at a level making possible the good life without the need for further economic growth. He predicts that, in modern, industrial countries, continued growth will prove counter-productive by reducing social welfare. 3 How representative were Aristotle’s views on the ending of progress in practical endeavour and the provision of necessities? Does his thinking owe more to wishful 18 PRODUCTIVE TO SOME PURPOSE?

Two supplementary points might be made. First come the difficulties in reading numbers and distribution of artefacts as a detailed index of non-agricultural production. The 29 PAUL MILLETT circumstances of site abandonment obviously affect numbers of objects surviving and remaining. 44 5 This relates to an increase in productivity per capita in both agriculture and non-agricultural production by the application of gradually improving technology. This is such a central plank of growth theory (ancient and modern) that a detailed discussion may better be postponed until the remaining two propositions have been considered.

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