Princeton University Library Catalog

Honor among thieves : craftsmen, merchants, and associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt / Philip F. Venticinque.

Author:
Venticinque, Philip Frank [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
Description:
ix, 275 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
New texts from ancient cultures. [More in this series]
Summary note:
Philip F. Venticinque's new volume examines associations of craftsmen in the framework of ancient economics and transaction costs. Scholars havelong viewed such associations primarily as social or religious groupsthat 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.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-264) and index.
Contents:
Charters, transaction costs, and trust -- The business of trust -- Reputation management -- Reputation, rhetoric, and participation -- Associations in legal thought and practice -- Associations in Late Roman Egypt.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9780472130160 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • 0472130161 (hardcover : alk. paper)
LCCN:
2016034771
OCLC:
949986620
Other views:
Staff view