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This conclusory chapter of the book explores the role of the government in foreign trade. Through the study of four commodities, gold, silver, shipbuilding timber and grain, in whose trade the government was most likely to play a role, the existence, extent and type of intervention were described. It discusses the geographical distribution of the exporters of the four commodities. There was no uniform standard of export in the Greek World, as commodities were exported in various forms according to necessity and convenience. The influence of the government on Athenian silver production was minimal and centred on safety and quality control. The importers often intervened in the trade of commodities in order to ensure and safeguard the regularity of their imports. Shipbuilding timber was a necessary commodity for most naval poleis in the Greek world, especially those with large navies.

Keywords: Athenian treaty; foreign trade; Greek world; shipbuilding timber; silver mines



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