Bryan E. Burns

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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Trade necessarily includes a spectrum of activities that are often difficult to distinguish from one another, based on surviving artifacts and corollary evidence. This article presents specific cases of Aegean trade and exchange with these possibilities in mind, aiming not only to describe general trends and economic implications of exchange but also to emphasize the importance of trade for the functioning of social and political structures. Andrew Sherratt and Susan Sherratt have taken a similar tack by calling attention to the importance of demand and “conspicuous consumption” within the societies taking part in Mediterranean exchange. In reaching this final step, though, local production is not only stimulated by external trade but also often restructured, as new social institutions become necessary to control increased production and circulation.

Keywords: trade; exchange; Andrew Sherratt; Susan Sherratt; demand; production; social institutions; circulation

Article.  5865 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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