in A History of Trust in Ancient Greece

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780226405094
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226405117 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the haggling in ancient Greece as an economic activity and as a cultural practice. It suggests that haggling highlighted the complex relations between trust in abstract systems and trust in persons. It explores the comic representations of haggling in order to understand its procedures and protocols and the ways it encoded conflict. This chapter suggests that Greek marketplace regulations should be understood to be aimed at overcoming or at least compensating for the asymmetric positions of sellers and buyers and at restraining or eliminating haggling.

Keywords: haggling; ancient Greece; economic activity; cultural practice; trust; abstract systems; marketplace regulations

Chapter.  10245 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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