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Structure and Scale in the Roman Economy

Structure and Scale in the Roman Economy

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892896

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  • This book by the author of The Economy of the Roman Empire: Quantitative Studies considers important interlocking themes. Did the Roman Empire have a single 'national' economy, or was its economy localised and fragmented? Can coin and pottery survivals demonstrate the importance of long-distance trade? How fast did essential news travel by sea, and what does that imply about Mediterranean sailing-patterns? Further subjects considered include taxation, commodity-prices, demography, and army pay and manpower. The book is very wide-ranging in its geographical coverage and in the evidence that it explores. By analysing specific features of the economy the contrasting discussions examine important questions about its character and limitations, and about how surviving evidence should be interpreted. The book throws new and significant light on the economic life of Europe and the Mediterranean in antiquity, and will be valuable to ancient historians and students of European economic history.

    • Explores central areas of the Roman economy, and the ways in which they interact
    • A sequel to The Economy of the Roman Empire: Quantitative Studies
    • Eight of the thirteen chapters in this volume appear here in print for the first time
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    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892896
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 51 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    Part I. Time and Distance:
    1. Communication-speed and contact by sea in the Roman empire
    2. Trade, taxes and money
    3. Separation and cohesion in Mediterranean trade
    4. Stability and change
    Part II. Demography and Manpower:
    5. Age-awareness in the Roman world
    6. Roman life-expectancy
    7. Pay and numbers in Diocletian's army
    Part III. Agrarian Patterns:
    8. Land and landed wealth
    9. The price of wheat in Roman Egypt
    Part IV. The World of Cities:
    10. The social cost of urbanisation
    11. Who paid for public building?
    Part V. Tax-Payment and Tax-Assessment:
    12. Taxation in money and taxation in kind
    13. Land, taxes and labour: implications of the iugum
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Richard Duncan-Jones, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

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