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A History of Trust in Ancient Greece$
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Steven Johnstone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226405094

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226405117.001.0001

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Keeping Track

Keeping Track

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(p.62) Chapter 4 Keeping Track
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A History of Trust in Ancient Greece
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405117.003.0004

This chapter examines whether households in ancient Greece used abstract systems to organize their economic activities. It considers the evidence for the limited use of systems of measurement and written accounts on Greek farms and suggests that Greek households relied on the so-called containerization to keep track of their stuff. This chapter analyzes how these practices constituted and affected social relationships of trust (and distrust) between husbands and wives and between masters and slaves.

Keywords:   Greek households, abstract systems, economic activities, ancient Greece, containerization, trust, distrust

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