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Honor Among Thieves : Craftsmen, Merchants, and Associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt (Hardcover)

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Philip F. Venticinque’s new volume examines associations of craftsmen in the framework of ancient economics and transaction costs. Scholars have long viewed such associations primarily as social or religious groups that provided mutual support, proper burial, and sociability, and spaces where non-elite individuals could seek status supposedly denied them in their contemporary society. However, the analysis presented here concentrates on how craftsmen, merchants, and associations interacted with each other and with elite and non-elite constituencies; managed economic, political, social, and legal activities; represented their concerns to the authorities; and acquired and used social capital—a new and important view of these economic engines.
Honor Among Thieves offers a study of associations from a social, economic, and legal point of view, and in the process examines how they helped their members overcome high transaction costs—the “costs of doing business”—through the development of social capital. He explores associations from the “bottom up,” in order to see how their members create status and reputation outside of an elite framework. He thus explores how occupations regarded as thieves in elite ideology create their own systems of honor.
Honor Among Thieves will be of interest to scholars of the ancient economy, of social groups, and Roman Egypt in all periods.

Number of Pages: 275
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: New Texts from Ancient Cultures
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
Author: Philip F. Venticinque
Language: English
Street Date: November 28, 2016
TCIN: 52094370
UPC: 9780472130160
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-2009
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