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Title: The economy of Hellenistic Thrace : Pistiros in context
Author: Walton, C.
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis sets out to explore the social and economic significance of the Greek trading settlement of Pistiros in central Bulgaria. The discovery of this settlement in 1988 and subsequently of a Greek inscription nearby in 1991 have stimulated. interest in the economic and social history of the Thracians, who were the indigenous people of the region in antiquity. The inscription, consisting of decrees of two Thracian kings offering protections to Greek . merchants who have come to trade in their kingdom, is especially important in this connexion, and an historical commentary on this text forms the first part of my thesis. But the evidence of the inscription raises more problems than it can satisfactorily answer itself. What commodities were being traded by Greeks and Thracians, how monetized the transactions were, in whose interests the transactions occurred, and how trade here related to Thracian political and social circumstances, are all problems which need to be addressed. But in order to do thi~, an overall picture of Thracian social and economic life is required,:and this Ultimately is the aim of the second part of the thesis. The feudal characteristics of Thracian society are explored. The c1assstructure of Thracian society and the political power of Thracian kings are found to have played a crucial role in determining the character of the commerce which was carried on at Pistiros. The relations between this commerce and the kinds of trade which peasants conducted· among themselves are shown to be organic, but not straightforward. The connexion between this settlement and general Thracian tendencies towards urbanism are seen in a similar light. Finally the founding of Pistiros-as well as other examples of Hellenization in Thrace-is .seen as part of the political structure of the 'Royal Economy'
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Qualification Name: Oxford University, 2008 Qualification Level: Doctoral
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