2/ One view: "Although ancient economies were predominantly agricultural, the practice of accruing interest seems to have been first invented in the commercial sphere of Bronze Age Sumer, apparently with the temples playing a catalytic role." https://michael-hudson.com/2000/03/how-interest-rates-were-set-2500-bc-1000-ad/ …
3/ "Mesopotamia’s commercial rate of 1/60th per month aimed at achieving a numerical ease of computing interest regularly at standardized rates. This basic rate found its counterpart in other regions — 1/10th in Greece, and 1/12th in Rome..."
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