Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context by Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context presents a chronological creation to the heritage of old Mediterranean civilizations in the greater context of its modern Eurasian world.

  • Innovative process organizes Greek and Roman background right into a unmarried chronology
  • Combines the conventional historic tale with matters which are critical to fashionable examine into the traditional global together with quite a number social, cultural, and political topics
  • Facilitates an knowing of the traditional Mediterranean global as a solidarity, simply because the Mediterranean global is in its flip provided as a part of a bigger whole
  • Covers the full historic Mediterranean international from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
  • Features a various choice of photos, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to help comprehension
  • English translation of a widely known Dutch e-book, De oudheid, now in its 3rd edition

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Implements were mainly hoes, mattocks, plows, sickles, and mill stones. Poor farmers, but also those working fields on steep slopes, had to use the hoe and had to prepare the soil for sowing with their manual labor alone; the richer farmer might have possessed a pair of oxen to draw his plow: he could work a larger plot. But even the farm large enough to employ slaves was a relatively simple affair. Environmental consequences of agriculture Agriculture increases the carrying capacity, but this increase comes at a price.

The existence of exchange is important not only from an economic point of view, but also because exchange is a form of interaction. During this interaction, not only are objects or living creatures moved from place to place, but ideas are also transferred. This movement of organisms, goods, and ideas, called diffusion, is one of the more important among exogenous stimuli for change that a society can be subject to (others are warfare and migration; examples of endogenous stimuli are demographic change or invention).

In the context of the ancient world, one will have to think almost exclusively of peasants: farmers who feed themselves and produce a surplus. A surplus implies exchange. Exchange is also implied in the fact that there is no place on Earth that once a certain level of production and consumption has been reached can do without raw materials or semi-manufactured goods brought in from the outside. Exchange can, of course, take many forms. In a peasant economy, the surplus can be brought onto a market, or it can be gathered in by some center of religious and/or political power in order to be redistributed.

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