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

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The work of the house itself is chiefly done by women. In the humble house from which Laertes supervises his orchards an old woman prepares the food of the labourers and looks after the master. The palaces contain as many as fifty girls. " But the greater part of their time is given to the multifarious work connected with clothing. From morning to night they comb, spin, weave, sew, and embroider. Their room is a workshop which is never idle. House-work therefore does not as a rule entail a true division of labour; the fifty women can all work wool, but as need arises twelve are called to the mill and twenty to the spring.

In days when property was not yet generally personal an offender often could not compensate the person offended except hy a certain amount of work. But usually the Thetes are poor wretches who go into service because they do not possess a bit of land or a skilled trade. Whatever the reason for the engagement may be, the result of it is the same : the employer and the employee are bound by a true contract of hire of service. Far the most of the hired men were required for stock­ breeding. In the sheep-folds of Ithaca there are hired " strangers " among the slaves.

Odyssey a large part of the common pasture being transformed into private property. ' The king of , Ithaca has forty-eight herds on the mainland . Does he own the land itself or merely the right to pasture ' ? In any case here are pastures of which at least the use has ceased to be common. On the island itself the royal eschatie is so vast that a stranger cannot cross it without a guide ; over all this area the crofts and the herdsmen belong to the king, and everything indicates a permanent establishment.

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