Labour specialization in the Athenian economy: Occupational hazards

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Abstract

This chapter aims to establish a lower limit to the possible extent of horizontal specialization in the economy of classical Athens; in other words, the minimum plausible number of specialized jobs to do with production, exchange, and services. This exercise shows that even with a mindset sceptical to the idea of specialization, there cannot realistically have been fewer than 162 specialized full-time occupations in classical Attica. This demonstrates the complexity and dynamism of the classical Athenian economy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSkilled Labour and Professionalism in Ancient Greece and Rome
EditorsEdmund Stewart, Edward Harris, David Lewis
Place of PublicationCambridge; New York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter4
Pages129-176
ISBN (Electronic)9781108878135
ISBN (Print)9781108839471
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2020

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