The Business Life of Ancient Athens
By George Miller Calhoun
2001/12 - Beard Books
1587981181 - Paperback - Reprint - 220 pp.
Significant reading that makes a distinct contribution to the evolution of business practices and fills an enormous gap in history.
This book provides interesting insight into the individuals who conducted business in a great civilization of antiquity. Describing how business and finance were carried out in Athens in the fourth century before Christ, it enhances our appreciation of what the Greeks contributed to standards and ideals that set the stage for modern commercial activities. With a pleasant lightness, the author examines the sort of men who controlled trade and finance, their aims and ideals, their standards of honesty, and their methods of doing business.
From the back cover blurb:
This book provides an interesting insight into the individuals who conducted business in a great civilization of antiquity. It describes the way business and finance were carried on in Athens in the fourth century before Christ. To gain an appreciation of what the Greeks have contributed to the slow building of the standards and ideas which serve as a background to more modern commercial activities, one learns what sort of men controlled trade and finance in those times and places, what were their aims and ideals, their standards of honesty, and their methods of doing business. The story of business personalities reveals a continuity in social and economic progress as well as dealing with the timeless problems of human nature.
From The World, October 24, 1926 and The Times Literary Supplement,
September 30, 1926
From the New York Times Book Review, December 12, 1926
From Literary Review of the NY Evening Post, October 2, 1926
George Miller Calhoun, 1886-1942, received an A.B. degree from Stetson University in 1906 and a Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1911. This was followed by an extensive academic career as a lecturer and then as a professor of Greek at a number of universities in the United States and abroad. He belonged to numerous professional associations, and served as President of the American Philological Association, 1940-1941. He was an author of a number of books on Greece, and a contributor of many articles to philological and history journals, as well as to law reviews.