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Poverty, wealth, and well-being : experiencing penia in democratic Athens

Author: Claire Taylor
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Poverty in fifth- and fourth-century BCE Athens was a markedly different concept to that with which we are familiar today. Reflecting contemporary ideas about labour, leisure, and good citizenship, the 'poor' were considered to be not only those who were destitute, or those who were living at the borders of subsistence, but also those who were moderately well-off but had to work for a living. Defined in this way,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Taylor
ISBN: 9780198786931 019878693X
OCLC Number: 973401090
Description: viii, 309 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Poverty and Penia: Approaching the Lives of the Poor in the Ancient World --
2. Poverty and Poverty Discourses --
3. Poverty and the Distribution of Income and Wealth --
4. Experiencing Penia: The Dynamics of Poverty --
5. Experiencing Penia: The Reproduction of Poverty and the Consolidation of Wealth --
6. Appearing without Shame: Well-Being, Capabilities, and Standards of Living --
7. Poverty, Inequality, and Well-Being in Fourth-Century Athens.
Other Titles: Experiencing penia in democratic Athens
Responsibility: Claire Taylor.

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In fifth- and fourth-century BCE Athens 'poverty' encompassed not only destitution, but also the need to work for a living. This volume considers what it meant to be poor in this sense, arguing that  Read more...

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Scholars on Athenian democracy should read this book. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty. * Choice *

 
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