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Paul Erdkamp illustrates how entitlement to food in Roman society was dependent on relations with the emperor, his representatives and the landowning aristocracy, and local rulers controlling the towns and hinterlands. He assesses the response of the Roman authorities to weaknesses in the grain market and looks at the implications of the failure of local harvests. By examining the subject from a contemporary perspective, this book will appeal not only to historians of ancient economies, but to all concerned with the economy of grain markets, a subject which still resonates today.Read more
- Provides a comprehensive exploration of the supply of grain in the Roman Empire
- Offers a contemporary perspective on the economic, social and political issues involved
- Accessible to economic historians of other periods
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"Erdkamp's work is a successful discussion of an important and fundamental area of Roman history. The Grain Market in the Roman Empire is a valuable addition to the scholarly literature on the supply and distribution of food within the center of the Empire and the forces of the ancient market. Erdkamp's attention to the complexities of the economic, political, and social forces and his use of appropriate ethnographic evidence makes his case a persuasive one. Erdkamp's familiarty with the literary and material evidence and his fluency with the theoretical forces that drive the ancient market will ensure that his ideas remain an important element in the discussion of the Roman economy for years to come."
Joseph Lemak, Elmira College, Bryn Mawr Classical ReviewSee more reviews
"This is an original and important analysis of the grain supply of the Roman empire, methodologically ambitious, thoughtful, thoroughly researched. Erdkamp's work makes intelligent use of comparative evidence from medieval and modern Europe to model the Roman grain market, from production, through regional and international trade, to its sale to the consumer. It ought to be widely read by scholars and students of the Roman grain trade, agriculture, nutrition, and social welfare." -- Phoenix
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- Date Published: July 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521117838
- length: 380 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- contains: 5 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Production and productivity in Roman agriculture
2. The world of the smallholder
3. Farmers and their market relations
4. Market integration: connecting supply and demand
5. Rome and the corn provinces
6. Urban food supply and grain market intervention
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