Economy in Ancient Greece

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Slaves, woman and men had different jobs to do in the community. Slavery was an important part of ancient Greek civilization. Slaves didn’t only work as domestic servants but also as factory workers, shopkeepers, mine workers, farm workers, and as a ship’s crew; They could be found just about every were. There were many ways a person might become a slave. They could have been born as a slave, token as a prisoner in a battle abandoned as an infant. Another way if the family needed money, they might sell one of their children into slavery. If this was done, they usually sold the daughter because the sons were needed to help out with the chores or on the farm. The price of the slave would depend on their appearances, age and attitude. If the slave was healthy, attractive, young and submissive he or she could sell for the equivalent of $180.00. If the slave was old, weak, and stubborn he or she might cost about the equivalent of $9.00. House slaves were always supervised by the woman. The wealthy households had 10 to 20 slaves. The woman in ancient Greece dominated the home life they spent most their time in their houses raising children, making the clothes, preparing food and supervising slaves. A few wealthy homes had female servants to cook clean, and carry water from the fountain. Not every family in Greece was rich, so some wives didn’t have slaves and had to do these duties by themselves. The woman spent a lot of her time inside, but sometimes they could go out in public. On such occasions as weddings, funerals and state religious festivals. The Greek men were away from their home for most of the day. These men had jobs similar as today like fishing, hunting. There were slaves to do some work so many men had a lot of free time. ... ... middle of paper ... ...e to Egypt and a good deal of second hand pottery. Italians also bought a lot of Attic pottery, firsthand. Granary lay in Egypt, where Attic olive oil was also traded for papyrus, ivory, glass work, slaves and exotic animals. Carthage provided textile. Etruria exported fine bronze work and boots. Sicily provided pigs, cheese and grain. Phoenicia traded purple dye and dates. Corinth exported its own wares as well as serving as an intermediary between east and west, sending out tiles and metalwork. Silk made their way from china to Greece. Arabia export perfumes, and Persia carpets. Important trade of metal was from Cyprus, Spain, Laconia, Black Sea, Thasos, and Mount Pangaea. Cyprus produced copper. Spain produced tin, Laconia as well as the Black Sea for iron, Thasos and Mount Pangaea, for Gold. Trade was going all around the ancient world and Greece was in charge.
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