• Reevaluating Staple and Wealth Finance at Mycenaean Pylos

    Author(s):
    Dimitri Nakassis (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Ancient history, Comparative ancient history, Economic history, Political economy
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Linear B, Mycenaean, staple finance, wealth finance
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M62R3NW7C
    Abstract:
    Reciprocity and symbolic exchange are of considerable importance to understanding the Mycenaean political economy at Pylos. Thus, while wealth finance is a useful heuristic concept for making sense of Mycenaean political economy, it does not do an adequate job of describing or explaining that economy, which would be better characterized as a “prestige economy.” Unlike the well-known prestige goods model, the Mycenaean economy uses both staples in feasts and non-staples in symbolic exchanges to promote solidarity and ensure allegiance. At Mycenaean Pylos, the goal of most distributions seems aimed at the direct accumulation of symbolic profit.
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