Presenting an analysis of the world's first private banks, this work demonstrates the existence and functioning of a market economy in ancient Athens while revising our understanding of the society itself. It reveals that fourth-century Athenian bankers pursued sophisticated transactions.
Edward E. Cohen is Chairman of the Executive Committee at JeffBanks, Inc., a bank-holding company based in Philadelphia. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from Princeton University and is author of Ancient Athenian Maritime Courts (Princeton).
Winner of Herbert Feis Award of the American Historical Association 1993 (United States). Short-listed for Choice's Outstanding Academic Books 1993 (United States).