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Documentary sources in ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman economic history : methodology and practice

Author: Heather D Baker; Michael Jursa
Publisher: Philadelphia ; Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2014.
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"This volume breaks new ground in approaching the Ancient Economy by bringing together documentary sources from Mesopotamia and the Greco-Roman world. Addressing textual corpora that have traditionally been studied separately, the collected papers overturn the conventional view of a fundamental divide between the economic institutions of these two regions. The premise is that, while controlling for differences,  Read more...
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Documentary sources in ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman economic history.
Philadelphia ; Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2014
(DLC) 2014027386
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather D Baker; Michael Jursa
ISBN: 9781782977582 1782977589 9781782976516 1782976515 9781782977599 1782977597
OCLC Number: 877846477
Description: iv, 338 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction / M. Jursa --
2. House Size and Household Structure: Quantitative Data in the Study of Babylonian Urban Living Conditions / H.D. Baker --
3. The Historian and the Old Babylonian Archives / D. Charpin --
4. The Old Assyrian Trade and its Participants / J.G. Dercksen --
5. Economic Development in Babylonia from the Late 7th to the Late 4th Century BC: Economic Growth and Economic Crises in Imperial Contexts / M. Jursa --
6. Legal Institutions and Agrarian Change in the Roman Empire / D. Kehoe --
7. The Papyrological Evidence for Water-Lifting Technology / M. Malouta --
8. Plagues and Prices: Locusts / R. Pirngruber --
9. On Payment Transactions and Monetisation in the Rural Areas of Late Antique Egypt: the Case Study of Small-Format Documents / S. Tost --
10. Social Network Analysis of Cuneiform Archives: a New Approach / C. Waerzeggers --
11. The Volatility of Prices of Barley and Dates in Babylon in the Third and Second Centuries BC / R.J. van der Spek --
12. Wheat Prices in Ptolemaic Egypt / S. von Reden --
13. Mediterranean Grain Prices c. 300 to 31 BC: the Impact of Rome / D. Rathbone --
14. Mediterranean and Near Eastern Grain Prices c. 300 to 31 BC: Some Preliminary Conclusions / D. Rathbone --
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Responsibility: edited by Heather D. Baker and Michael Jursa.

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