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By Edward Cohen

In this ground-breaking research of the world's first deepest banks, Edward Cohen convincingly demonstrates the life and functioning of a marketplace economic system in historical Athens whereas revising our realizing of the society itself. demanding the "primitivistic" view, within which bankers are in simple terms pawnbrokers and money-changers, Cohen finds that fourth-century Athenian bankers pursued subtle transactions. those dealings--although technologically a long way faraway from glossy procedures--were in monetary essence exact with the lending and deposit-taking that separate real "banks" from different companies. He extra explores how the Athenian banks facilitated tax and creditor avoidance one of the filthy rich, and the way girls and slaves performed very important roles in those family members businesses--thereby gaining criminal rights fullyyt unforeseen in a society supposedly ruled by way of an elite of male citizens.

Special emphasis is put on the mirrored image of Athenian cognitive styles in monetary practices. Cohen indicates how transactions have been plagued by the complementary opposites embedded within the very constitution of Athenian language and inspiration. In flip, his research bargains nice perception into day-by-day Athenian fact and cultural organization.

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