Arrived in my pile

Josiah Ober, The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece.  This new history of ancient Greece has an intriguing estimate of living standards during that time, I hope to spend more time with it soon.  Ober argues there was plenty of economic growth at the time and that the Greeks lived at well above subsistence; I agree with both of those claims.

Here is the book’s home page.  Here is one useful review, though its carps at the books’ economism.  Other reviews are here.  As a first-order approximation, you can think of this book as how an economist might think about ancient Greece.


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