Ancient Economies of the Northern Aegean: Fifth to First by Zosia Halina Archibald

By Zosia Halina Archibald

The south-eastern tip of continental Europe used to be an enormous concentration of inventive power within the moment half the 1st millennium BC. because the bridgehead among Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean, the lands that corresponded to northern Greece, Bulgaria, and the ecu elements of Turkey turned a spotlight of curiosity for various exterior powers prepared to profit from this region's burgeoning wealth.
While the traditional kingdoms of Macedon and Thrace have been considered fringe components of the Mediterranean, they turned wealthy and profitable, partially by means of exploiting the region's mineral wealth and trees and from the powerful herding of farm animals. In fiscal phrases, those land-based states have been strongly hooked up to the maritime powers of valuable and southern Greece and with components some distance past the Aegean.
Using the main updated equipment and theories approximately old economies, Archibald explores the cultural and financial dynamics of a area that keeps to bare unforeseen dimensions of Classical antiquity.

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24 Introduction In their magnificent and immensely erudite survey of history of, not in, the Mediterranean, Horden and Purcell have rejected Rostovtzeff ’s socioeconomic construction as an obsolete relic of early twentieth-century scholarship. Their argument relies partly on a perceived contrast between his ‘grandly interactionist’ conception and an ‘ecologizing’ one. ’40 Rostovtzeff ’s narrative consciously or unconsciously comprised a deterministic tendency that merges, ironically perhaps, with the geographical determinism that Horden and Purcell have criticized so trenchantly.

12; cf. 3). The Odrysian cavalry played a loyal part in supporting Perseus’ forces at Pydna. 29) ‘secretly’ on the side of Perseus. Notwithstanding Philip V’s invasion of central Thrace in 204 bc, both Philip V and Perseus maintained strong relations with the Odrysian princes and their kin, confirmed by at least one known marriage alliance. This 14 Van Groningen 1933; Descat 2003; Brodersen 2006. Bringmann and von Steuben 1995, 110–85; 233–34 (Samothrace); pp. 2, Diadochen); Hatzopoulos 1988a; 1996, I, 334–59, 361–9, 371–460, 1999b; Archibald 2010.

Davies’ model does not try to specify precise chronological boundaries, but rather to characterize the distinctive features of a known historical community over an extended time period of several centuries. Since we lack, for the world of classical antiquity, the kinds of accounting statistics that are considered to provide good enough economic snapshots for contemporary economies, a long view can provide important insights that are not particularly visible within shorter time scales. Some of the most valuable insights about long-term historical processes in the remote history of the Balkan region have emerged in the work of a prehistorian, Andrew Sherratt, a research student of one of the greatest analytical archaeologists, David Clarke, but an admirer of Gordon Childe.

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