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Household and City Organization at Olynthus$
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Nicholas Cahill

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084955

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084955.001.0001

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The Economies of Olynthus

The Economies of Olynthus

(p.223) Chapter Six The Economies of Olynthus
Household and City Organization at Olynthus

Nicholas Cahill

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses different strategies by which households acquired, stored, and used resources at Olynthus. The variety of economic strategies adopted at Olynthus and their spatial patterning within the city, as well as the linkages between economy and society and their expression in the physical organization of the city, are explored. Analysis of the architecture and contents of Olynthian houses reveals a number of patterns in economic behavior. Households in different parts of the city dealt with their agricultural produce differently. For reasons that are not easily explainable, inhabitants of different regions of the city followed different economic strategies, with the earlier inhabitants of the North Hill apparently following a more diversified and market-based strategy including household production, while the newer settlers of the Villa Section followed the traditional strategy of agricultural self-sufficiency.

Keywords:   economic strategy, household production, Villa Section, Olynthian houses, agricultural self-sufficiency, North Hill

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