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A History of Trust in Ancient Greece

Steven Johnstone


An enormous amount of literature exists on Greek law, economics, and political philosophy. Yet no one has written a history of trust, one of the most fundamental aspects of social and economic interaction in the ancient world. This volume explores the way democracy and markets flourished in ancient Greece, not so much through personal relationships as through trust in abstract systems—including money, standardized measurement, rhetoric, and haggling. Focusing on markets and democratic politics, the book draws on speeches given in Athenian courts, histories of Athenian democracy, comic writings ... More

Keywords: Greek democracy, Greek markets, money, standardized measurement, rhetoric, haggling, Athenian courts, Athenian democracy, comic writings, Greek laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226405094
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Johnstone, author