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The Ethics and Economics of Ptolemaic Religious Associations

"This paper considers the economic status of the members in Ptolemaic religious associations and offers a model to explain why they participated. Drawing on Charles Tilly’s comparative study of trust networks, I suggest that religious associations institutionalized informal ethical norms into formal rules that lowered the costs of transacting and facilitated cooperation among villagers. The rules related to legal disputes illustrate how associations exercised this power and even tried to prevent the Ptolemaic state from intruding in their network."

Author(s):  Monson, Andrew
Format:  Article
Publisher:  Department of Classics, Princeton University
Publication City:  Princeton
Date:  2005
Source:  Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics