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1. Inequality in Corinth

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This is the introductory chapter of Corinth in Contrast: Studies in Inequality presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the book. The book focuses on ancient inequalities to understand better the distinctions between different social strata that characterized the ancient world. The book is divided into three sections. It first emphasizes the relationships between elite and non-elite Corinthians. It recasts the knowledge of the so-called interim period - the century between the destruction of the Greek city of Corinth by the Roman general Mummius in 146 BCE and the refounding of Corinth as a Roman colony by Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. Secondly, the book contains studies where socio-economic inequalities come to the fore. It presents a comparative material from global economic history to the mix in order to construct a heuristic model for socio-economic inequality in Corinth during the interim and colonial periods. Finally, the book presents those in which gender and religion play prominent roles in the inequities.

Keywords: ancient inequalities; elite Corinthians; non-elite Corinthians; socio-economic inequalities



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