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Copy of Copy of Commerce and Trade in Ancient Greece

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Commerce and Trade in Ancient Greece
Greece has a very rich tradition in the history of trade. The introduction of trade into the Greek culture was one of the most defining points in the history of ancient Greece.
In Greece trade was a big part of their city. The Greeks environment and surroundings couldn't provide all the necessities that they needed and this was the same with other countries. The Greek's had to rely on imports and exports so there country could provide the needs of the people.
The main import is grain for Greece because they import 2/3 of the needed supply from different countries. The imports of Greece were Papyrus from Egypt, wheat from lands north of the black sea, and timber from Turkey. Other imports were Iron, Copper, Animal hides, Wine dyes, Tin, Silver, Wool, Gold, Gems, Dye, Timber, and Spices.
In ancient Greece some exports include Oil, Wine Pots and Pottery, Statues, Honey, Silver, Metalwork, Clothes, Books, Cutlery, Furniture, Weaved products, Raw materials, Horses, and Cloth. Greeks and all other countries had to sell all their exports for a reasonable price so they have money for imports while it's still cheap enough so other countries and citizens will buy them.
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to Greek Currency
In the beginning, Greeks would trade by exchanging one item for another with close or the same value. Around 590BC the Greeks had started to use coins. The coin that was widely used in Greece was the Drachma which had an owl on one side, and the other side had the face of Athena.

Coin as a Symbol of the City-State
Coins of Greek city-states had a unique symbol or feature, an early form of emblem, also known as badge that represented their city and promoted their state.
Trade in Greece

In Greece today, trade is no different from most countries. Almost all people "trade" over the internet, or by simply sending over anything across the world in the simplest way through mail carriers.
Introduction to Greek Trade
More coins as a symbol of the city state
Greek individuals conducted most of their commerce at the Agora, a huge marketplace at the base of the Acropolis. Citizens could purchase food, household items and clay oil lamps which provided the only source of light. Popular items at the market were leather sandals and jewelery. Slaves were also sold at the Agora.
The Agora
Why it was important?
The Greeks created the worlds first economy and democracy. It has made a impact on our world today. Currency and trade were both imaged by the Greeks.
A huge part of both Ancient Greek and modern North American economies is currency. In both societies, coins are made out of various metals with famous, important figures or symbols. Both countries placed the face of great leaders on one side of the coin. They were different from each other as ancient Greece used valuable metals for their coins and did not have paper money.
Comparing Money
When Greeks started trading they exchanged one item for another with the same or close value, which was known as bartering. Around 590bc they started using coins. The coin widely used in Greece was the Drachma which had an Owl and the head of Athena. The only place which didn"t accept Athens coins were Sparta because of the rivalry between them.
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