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The Socio-Economics of Roman Storage

The Socio-Economics of Roman Storage
Agriculture, Trade, and Family


  • Date Published: May 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108495530

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  • In a pre-industrial world, storage could make or break farmers and empires alike. How did it shape the Roman empire? The Socio-Economics of Roman Storage cuts across the scales of farmer and state to trace the practical and moral reverberations of storage from villas in Italy to silos in Gaul, and from houses in Pompeii to warehouses in Ostia. Following on from the material turn, an abstract notion of 'surplus' makes way for an emphasis on storage's material transformations (e.g. wine fermenting; grain degrading; assemblages forming), which actively shuffle social relations and economic possibilities, and are a sensitive indicator of changing mentalities. This archaeological study tackles key topics, including the moral resonance of agricultural storage; storage as both a shared and a contested concern during and after conquest; the geography of knowledge in domestic settings; the supply of the metropolis of Rome; and the question of how empires scale up. It will be of interest to scholars and students of Roman archaeology and history, as well as anthropologists who study the links between the scales of farmer and state.

    • Provides a book-length model for the use of the material turn
    • Brings together legacy data from contexts that are not usually considered alongside each other (e.g. villas in Central Italy; northwest Mediterranean; Pompeii; ports of Rome) and weaves them into a coherent historical narrative
    • Puts material culture theory to work within the case studies in an accessible way
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108495530
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 185 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 12 colour illus. 3 maps 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Author

    Astrid Van Oyen, Cornell University, New York
    Astrid Van Oyen is Assistant Professor of Classics at Cornell University. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Stanford Humanities Center, she is the author of How Things Make History: The Roman Empire and its Terra Sigillata Pottery and co-editor, with Martin Pitts, of Materialising Roman Histories.

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