By M.I. Finley
Translated by Huang Yang
Pricing: 55.00 yuan
Publication date: 2020-05
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No book in the 20th century had such a great influence on the study of Greek and Roman economic history.
A quarter century after its publication, “Ancient Economy” is still firmly at the center of the debate. Finley showed decisively that philological and empirical history can grasp ancient economic phenomena. Scholars are still doing a lot of excellent research in this way, but on the whole, these studies are more about the debates of the 1890s than about the new orthodoxy. “Ancient Economy” is in the middle of the discussion of determinism, economic methods and post-modern literariness. Critics of under-socialization and over-socialization must take Finley’s works seriously if they want to make progress.
-Stanford University Professor Ian Morris
In the past 30 years or so, the study of the economic history of ancient Greece and Rome is perhaps the most hotly debated field in the history of Greece and Rome. In the words of one commentator, “Ancient economics has become an unpredictable field.” This is largely due to the long-term influence of Moses Finley’s 1973 book “Ancient Economy”. This book is undoubtedly the most important book on the social and economic history of ancient Greece and Rome published in the 20th century, and has also established Moses Finley’s position as the greatest ancient historian in the 20th century.
-Huang Yang, Professor of History Department of Fudan University,
Ancient Economy is one of the representative works of M.I. Finley, a famous British ancient historian. The book was written on the basis of a series of lectures given by the author during his tenure as the world’s most famous Sutherle lecturer professor. This paper mainly expounds the ancient economy, Especially the main characteristics of Greek and Roman world economy, put forward new methods and new ideas to study ancient economy. Its viewpoint is called “Finley Model” by scholars, that is, ancient economy is not a relatively independent field of activity, but “chimeric”, chimeric in its existing social and political environment, and this explanation model has not yet been replaced.
[Introduction to Translator]
Author M.I. Finley (1912-1986) is one of the most influential ancient historians in the West in the 20th century and a professor of ancient history at Cambridge University. Its main research field is the history of ancient Greece, but it focuses more on the whole classical world. Author of “Ancient Economy”, “Ancient Democracy and Modern Democracy”, “Politics in the Ancient World”, “Use and Abuse of History”, “Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology”, “Odysseus’s World” and “Ancient Greeks”.
Translator Huang Yang, Professor of History Department of Fudan University, Doctor of Classics and Doctoral Supervisor of London University, was selected as Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor of Ministry of Education, Chairman of History Department of Fudan University, Vice Chairman of China World Ancient Medieval History Research Association and Chairman of Ancient History Professional Committee. The main research fields are the political history of ancient Greece and Rome, the economic history of ancient Greece and the history of ancient western political thoughts. He has published monographs such as “Research on Land System in Ancient Greece”, “Preliminary Study on Politics and Society in Ancient Greece” and “Introduction to Greek History Research” (co-authored with Yan Shaoxiang). He has also published many academic papers in publications such as “Chinese Social Sciences” and “Historical Research”.