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Walter Scheidel, Gloria Vivenza, Peter Temin, Richard Saller, Dennis Kehoe, Andrew Wilson, Geoffrey Kron, Cameron Hawkins, Peter Fibiger Bang, Colin Adams, Paul Erdkamp, Sitta von Reden, Morris Silver, Neville Morley, Simon Loseby
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  • Date Published: December 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521726887

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  • The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Economy offers readers a comprehensive and innovative introduction to the economy of the Roman Empire. Focusing on the principal determinants, features, and consequences of Roman economic development and integrating additional web-based materials, it is designed as an up-to-date survey that is accessible to all audiences. Five main sections discuss theoretical approaches drawn from Economics, labor regimes, the production of power and goods, various means of distribution from markets to predation, and the success and ultimate failure of the Roman economy. The book not only covers traditionally prominent features such as slavery, food production, and monetization but also highlights the importance of previously neglected aspects such as the role of human capital, energy generation, rent-taking, logistics, and human wellbeing, and convenes a group of five experts to debate the nature of Roman trade.

    • Organizes Roman economic history by topic, thereby transcending conventional periodization and offering long-term views of principal conditions and developments
    • The choice of topics has been informed by current concerns in economics, thereby giving the book a serious appeal to social scientists as well as ancient historians
    • Identifies and focuses on features that are critical to our understanding of the Roman economy as an imperial or globalized economic system
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Students, at all levels, of the ancient Mediterranean world have much to learn from this Companion. … [the] price should encourage personal purchase and course adoption. Excellent critical bibliographies; near-comprehensive index. Summing up: highly recommended."

    "… a state-of-the-art thematic survey … The overall quality is very high … [this book] offers the best available guide to the subject and will also prove useful to economic historians of other pre-industrial societies. … a very good introduction, which I have no hesitation in recommending."
    Koenraad Verboven, The Classical Review

    "The thematic approach taken by [this] companion, and the very useful guide to further reading, makes [it] an excellent teaching resource. There is also much here for researchers of the Roman economy, with the different viewpoints and approaches taken by the numerous authors encouraging further debate on the interpretation of data, and on the issue of economic performance in the Roman world."
    Claire Holleran, The Journal of Roman Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521726887
    • length: 458 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 1 map 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Approaching the Roman economy Walter Scheidel
    Part II. Theory:
    2. Roman economic thought Gloria Vivenza
    3. The contribution of economics Peter Temin
    4. Human capital and economic growth Richard Saller
    Part III. Labor:
    5. Slavery Walter Scheidel
    6. Contract labor Dennis Kehoe
    Part IV. Production:
    7. Raw materials and energy Andrew Wilson
    8. Food production Geoffrey Kron
    9. Manufacturing Cameron Hawkins
    Part V. Distribution:
    10. Predation Peter Fibiger Bang
    11. Transport Colin Adams
    12. Urbanism Paul Erdkamp
    13. Money and finance Sitta von Reden
    14. A forum on trade Andrew Wilson, Morris Silver, Peter Fibiger Bang, Paul Erdkamp and Neville Morley
    Part VI. Outcomes:
    15. Physical wellbeing Walter Scheidel
    16. Post-imperial economies Simon Loseby.

  • Editor

    Walter Scheidel, Stanford University, California
    Walter Scheidel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University, California. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on the ancient world, including The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World (with Ian Morris and Richard Saller, 2007). His work, which has focused on ancient social and economic history, historical demography and the history of empire, has been widely recognized for its innovative quantitative and comparative modelling, cross-cultural scope and transdisciplinary breadth across the social sciences and life sciences.


    Walter Scheidel, Gloria Vivenza, Peter Temin, Richard Saller, Dennis Kehoe, Andrew Wilson, Geoffrey Kron, Cameron Hawkins, Peter Fibiger Bang, Colin Adams, Paul Erdkamp, Sitta von Reden, Morris Silver, Neville Morley, Simon Loseby


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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