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The Ancient Greeks at War$
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Louis Rawlings

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719056574

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719056574.001.0001

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War and economy

War and economy

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(p.144) Chapter 8 War and economy
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The Ancient Greeks at War
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Louis Rawlings

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719056574.003.0009

This chapter analyzes ancient Greek warfare in economic terms. Economic motivations can play a part in the reasons for waging war and on the course campaigns take. Also economic resources are consumed by war, but they are often acquired through its prosecution. This chapter examines the influence of agricultural practices on the objective, methods and timing of warfare and discusses how wars can stimulate production in specific sectors, most obviously the manufacture of weapons, warships and other paraphernalia of war. It relates how some people made a living, even grew wealthy, from servicing the military needs of states and individuals and explores the connection between war and the mercenary market.

Keywords:   ancient Greek warfare, economic terms, economic motivations, agricultural practices, mercenary market

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