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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC$
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Robin Osborne and Barry Cunliffe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263259

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.001.0001

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Village to City: Staples and Luxuries? Exchange Networks and Urbanization

Village to City: Staples and Luxuries? Exchange Networks and Urbanization

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(p.233) 11 Village to City: Staples and Luxuries? Exchange Networks and Urbanization
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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC
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Lin Foxhall

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.003.0011

This chapter examines the role of commodities and their movements to the complex processes of change and urbanization in the Greek world. It suggests that economies of urban centers emerged out of, and came to reside in, the consumption of goods driven by fashion, as many people in fluid political and social settings use goods to display their political aims and construct social ambitions. Thus, the increasing numbers of communities that might seriously be called urban by the sixth century could be considered, in the most literal sense, as consumer cities.

Keywords:   commodities, change, urbanization, Greek world, urban centers, consumption, consumer cities

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