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The Origins of the Roman Economy
From the Iron Age to the Early Republic in a Mediterranean Perspective

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  • Date Published: January 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108478953

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  • In this book, Gabriele Cifani reconstructs the early economic history of Rome, from the Iron Age to the early Republic. Bringing a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, he argues that the early Roman economy was more diversified than has been previously acknowledged, going well beyond agriculture and pastoralism. Cifani bases his argument on a systematic review of archaeological evidence for production, trade and consumption. He posits that the existence of a network system, based on cultural interaction, social mobility, and trade, connected Rome and central Tyrrhenian Italy to the Mediterranean Basin even in this early period of Rome's history. Moreover, these trade and cultural links existed in parallel to regional, diversified economies, and institutions. Cifani's book thus offers new insights into the economic basis for the rise of Rome, as well as the social structures of Mediterranean Iron Age societies.

    • Provides a systematic review of production in Rome from the Bronze Age to the fourth century BC
    • Analyzes the evidence of local production, trade and consumption within a Mediterranean perspective
    • Includes discussion of the early Roman calendar and the origins of the modern calendar
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    ‘How did a single settlement in the Tiber valley become the centre of the most successful and longest-lasting of the world’s empires? In this study of Rome’s early economic history C. points us towards some of the answers.’ Michael Fallon, Classics for All

    ‘… it draws on an impressive knowledge of both textual and archaeological sources, and introduces recent methodological innovations and theoretical perspectives in a synthetic treatment of early Rome’s economic development.’ Tymon de Haas, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108478953
    • length: 466 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 183 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Notes on the geographical context of early Rome
    3. The beginnings of a longue durée
    4. The Early Iron Age (Latial Phases II and III)
    5. A settlement unlike others: the economic background to the rise of Rome
    6. Latial Phase IV
    7. Latial Phase IV A
    8. Latial Phase IV B
    9. The archaic phase (580–500 BC)
    10. Modelling the demography and consumption
    11. People, places, times and institutions of roman archaic economy
    12. The economics of the early calendar
    13. The early Latins overseas
    14. The Fifth century BC
    15. Crisis and opportunities in the fifth century BC
    16. The archaeological evidence of the fourth century BC
    17. The fourth century transformations and the end of the roman archaic economy
    18. Epilogue

  • Author

    Gabriele Cifani, University of Rome Tor Vergata
    Gabriele Cifani is researcher of classical archaeology at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris. He is the author of Storia di una frontiera (2003) and Architettura Romana Arcaica (2008).

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