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Village to City: Staples and Luxuries? Exchange Networks and Urbanization

Lin Foxhall

in Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263259
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734618 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.003.0011

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Village to City: Staples and Luxuries? Exchange Networks and Urbanization

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This chapter examines the role of commodities and their movements to the complex processes of change and urbanization in the Greek world. It suggests that economies of urban centers emerged out of, and came to reside in, the consumption of goods driven by fashion, as many people in fluid political and social settings use goods to display their political aims and construct social ambitions. Thus, the increasing numbers of communities that might seriously be called urban by the sixth century could be considered, in the most literal sense, as consumer cities.

Keywords: commodities; change; urbanization; Greek world; urban centers; consumption; consumer cities

Chapter.  5922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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