Keeping Track

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:
Keeping Track

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This chapter examines whether households in ancient Greece used abstract systems to organize their economic activities. It considers the evidence for the limited use of systems of measurement and written accounts on Greek farms and suggests that Greek households relied on the so-called containerization to keep track of their stuff. This chapter analyzes how these practices constituted and affected social relationships of trust (and distrust) between husbands and wives and between masters and slaves.

Keywords: Greek households; abstract systems; economic activities; ancient Greece; containerization; trust; distrust

Chapter.  8441 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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