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Athenian Economy and Society:
A Banking Perspective
Edward E. Cohen

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Ch. 1Market Economy - Banking Reality3
The Athenian Economy3
The Trapeza as True Bank8
Currency Exchange18
False Anachronism: The Modern Invention of the Athenian Pawnshop22
Ch. 2A Methodological Alternative to the Misuse of Statistics26
The Perils of Cliometrics27
"Forensic Attestation": An Alternative Approach36
Ch. 3Financial Context and Concepts41
Freedom from Regulation and Oligopoly42
In Lieu of Interest: "Maritime" and "Landed" Yields44
Ch. 4Wives, Slaves, and the Athenian Banker61
A "Strictly Personal" Business62
Assets, Human and Other66
Unavailable and Undesirable: Free Citizens as Bank Employees70
Slaves and Wives73
The Banking Household: A Traditional Form Transformed82
Adaptation to Slave Enterprise90
Women, Law, and Property101
Ch. 5Banking Operations: "Risk-Laden Revenues from 'Other People's Money'"111
Obtaining "Other People's Money"114
Deploying Other People's Money for Maritime Loans121
Maritime Finance136
Denial of the Role of Bankers in Sea Finance160
The Bankers' Own Money183
Ch. 6The Banks' Role in the Economy190
The "Invisible Economy"191
The Structure of Credit207
Bank Failures and Economic History215
Works Cited225
Index of Passages Cited255
General Index269

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