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From an abstract, comparative perspective, we can observe that these societies relied almost completely on the photosynthesis of various plant species and their conversion into food and fodder as well as the mechanical work of animals and humans. What we have come to call “land” and “labor” were the ultimate energy resources, but they could be invested in “capital” in the form, for instance, of agricultural terraces, irrigation canals, livestock, roads, ships, armies, and temples. Capital is here defined as some kind of material infrastructure through which the extraction of energy can be increased.