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The stakes of cliometrics in ancient history

Das Infragestellen von Kliometrie in der Alten Geschichte
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Diebolt, Claude

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Abstract "According to Finley, markets and economic motivations played little, if any, role in ancient economies. Status and civic ideology governed the allocation of scarce resources. Hence, the application of economic theory to the ancient economy was at best a futile exercise and at worst a source of grave misunderstandings. Temin's contributions lead to other conclusions and, as in the myth of Sisyphus, the boulder seems again to be at the bottom of the hill! The author's feeling is that the Gordian knot remains the same now as over the past decades: should cliometrics be used in the social sciences/humanities in general, and ancient history especially?" (author's abstract)
Keywords economic history; method; economic theory; market economy; antiquity; Roman Empire; economy; economic research; Greece; quantitative method; measurement; research approach; research status
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Economics
Method basic research; historical; development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 350-361
Journal Historical Social Research, 36 (2011) 3
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works