Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens by Paul Millett

By Paul Millett

Lending and borrowing have been average in Athens through the fourth century BC and will contain rates of interest, safeguard and banks, however the half performed via credits was once very various from its general position in capitalist society. utilizing a mix of resources, yet focusing on the law-court speeches of the Attic orators, Dr Millett exhibits that it really is attainable to work out how lending and borrowing have been a manner of ordering social family among Athenian electorate. even if debt may be disruptive, it had as its extra confident part the strengthening of ties among members. That was once, in flip, a facet of the harmony among electorate that was once part of the Athenian democracy.

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This is something that exists nowhere else in the literature from archaic and classical Greece. 16 There is therefore the temptation to let the Works and Days The ideology of lending and borrowing 35 stand as proxy for everything we do not know about the peasant communities of classical Attica. I have argued elsewhere for the long-term stability of peasant society in pre-capitalist economies (Millett 1984a: 106-7). But in the case of Athens, major developments over the centuries make close comparisons dangerous.

456-9), a cooking pot (1. 505), a stewing pot and basins (1. 914), seven tripods and twelve small tables (1. 916), nine rugs (1. 922), a curtain one hundred feet long (11. 923-4), and a large, bronze mixing bowl (1. 928). Appropriately, the cook Sicon boasts of his technique in cadging from neighbours (11. He told You off? Perhaps you asked him with the finesse Of a pig! Some folk don't know how to do a thing Like that. There's a technique to it that I've Discovered. I help millions in the town (polls) Pestering their neighbours, borrowing pans from all Of them.

16). Theophrastus' 'Rustic' is, by contrast, described in terms of his relationship with the city. He is twice connected with attending the assembly (§§1 and 3), and goes up to the city to make purchases, have a bath and get his hair cut (§§I2-I 4 ). 1? Towards the end of the previous section (p. 27) it was suggested that there were in fourth-century Athens two different sides to the structure of credit. The hypothesis offered above about the possible origins of lending and borrowing within the framework of reciprocal gift-giving goes some way to clarify the relationship between the two components.

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