By Steven Johnstone

An huge, immense quantity of literature exists on Greek legislations, economics, and political philosophy. but nobody has written a background of belief, the most basic elements of social and fiscal interplay within the old global. during this clean examine antiquity, Steven Johnstone explores the way in which democracy and markets flourished in historic Greece no longer lots via own relationships as via belief in summary systems—including cash, standardized size, rhetoric, and haggling.

Focusing on markets and democratic politics, Johnstone attracts on speeches given in Athenian courts, histories of Athenian democracy, comedian writings, and legislation inscribed on stone to check how those structures labored. He analyzes their potentials and boundaries and the way the Greeks understood and critiqued them. In offering the 1st entire account of those pervasive and the most important structures, A heritage of belief in historical Greece hyperlinks Greek political, financial, social, and highbrow historical past in new methods and demanding situations modern analyses of belief and civil society.

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