Ancient Greece at Work: An Economic History of Greece from by Gustave Glotz

By Gustave Glotz

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It therefore applies to all professional workers. If we knew all the categories included under such a general term we should thereby know to what extent there was division of labour in the VIIIth century. It is not enough to observe that it did not go very far in the villages. In Hesiod's time the Breotian farmer still weaves his own chiton and chlaina, makes his own shoes, and manufactures his own utensils, waggon, and ploughing implements ; but this might be the case in the rustic parts of countries where the industrial towns already have a fairly developed division of labour.

The only remuneration of which he is sure is his keep. As a rule it is the only remuneration due to him. " a land-owner says to a beggar. " I offer good terms. I shall give you as much to eat as you can, I shall dress you and give you shoes. " When Odysseus pretends to want to enter the service of the suitors he asks for nothing but " his meals . " Moreover the hired man cannot be too sure of a substantial and varied diet. A man who is taking on a boy as goatherd promises him, with malicious irony, that he " will grow fat drinking whey .

The Cyclopes are for them the type of the men who do not eat wheat. Although in epic times the fields and plantations are beginning to spread, pastures still take up the greater part of the land. The grass-land does not even tend to diminish, for, though agriculture encroaches on it at certain points, it gains elsewhere at the expense of the forest and the brush, which are destroyed by woodmen, beasts, and huge fires. The rural economy of the Homeric period distinguishes between two kinds of pastures, those of the plain and those of the mountain.

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