Playing to the Masses: Economic Rationalism in Lope de Vega’s Arte nuevo de hacer comedias en este tiempo
Comitatus Vol.31 (2000)
While commonly understood as an invention of the eighteenth century, the basic principles of classical economic theory may be traced back as far as classical antiquity, most notably to Aristotle’s Nichomachean
Ethics and Politics, texts that influenced European economic thinking throughout the Renaissance. By the end of the Middle Ages, the ideas of supply and demand, market equilibrium, and even a rudimentary
understanding of monetary theory were already under discussion throughout the intellectual centers of Europe, most notably in the universities.