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وصف كتب مصر
Historians have long argued about the place of trade in classical antiquity:
was it the life-blood of a complex, Mediterranean-wide economic system, or a
thin veneer on the surface of an underdeveloped agrarian society? Trade
underpinned the growth of Athenian and Roman power, helping to supply armies
and cities. It furnished the goods that ancient elites needed to maintain their
dominance - and yet, those same elites generally regarded trade and traders as
a threat to social order. Trade, like the patterns of consumption that
determined its development, was implicated in wider debates about politics,
morality and the state of society, just as the expansion of trade in the modern
world is presented both as the answer to global poverty and as an instrument of
exploitation and cultural imperialism. This book explores the nature and
importance of ancient trade, considering its ecological and cultural
significance as well as its economic aspects.