The trouble with luxury

Displays of ostentatious wealth were just as controversial in ancient Greece as they are today. Michael Scott, presenter of two new BBC documentaries on historical luxury, explains how the Greeks sought to alleviate the problem

A detail of a funerary monument from Athens, Greece depicting a squire taming a horse. Holding elaborate funerals was one of the many ways in which aristocrats broadcast their great wealth. (Photo By DEA/G.DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

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