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    DescriptionAncient Rome was one of the greatest cities of the pre-industrial era. Like other such great cities, it has often been deemed parasitic, a drain on the resources of the society that supported it. Rome's huge population was maintained not by trade or manufacture but by the taxes and rents of the empire. It was the archetypal 'consumer city'. However, such a label does not do full justice to the impact of the city on its hinterland. This book examines the historiography of the consumer city model and reappraises the relationship between Rome and Italy. Drawing on archaeological work and comparative evidence, the author shows how the growth of the city can be seen as the major influence on the development of the Italian economy in this period as its demands for food and migrants promoted changes in agriculture, marketing systems and urbanisation throughout the peninsula.


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    Title
    Metropolis and Hinterland
    Subtitle
    The City of Rome and the Italian Economy, 200 BC-AD 200
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neville Morley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521560061
    ISBN 10: 0521560063
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, KC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: BUS022000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Approval Code: A45500000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, HIS002000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    DC22: 330.937/6
    LC classification: HC39 .M67 1996
    DC22: 330.9376
    DC21: 937.602
    Thema V1.0: NHB, KC, KCZ, NHC
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    3 maps 1 table
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    13 October 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    "Morley presents his thesis clearly, logically, and persuasively. His arguments will give both primitives and modernists much to ponder..." R.I. Curtis, Choice
    Back cover copy
    Ancient Rome was one of the greatest cities of the pre-industrial era. Like other such great cities, it has often been seen as a parasite, a drain on the resources of the society that supported it. Rome's huge population was maintained not by trade or manufacture but by the taxes and rents of the empire. It was the archetypal 'consumer city'. However, such a label does not do full justice to the impact of the city on its hinterland. This book examines the historiography of the consumer city model and reappraises the relationship between Rome and Italy. Drawing on recent archaeological work and comparative evidence, the author shows how the growth of the city can be seen as the major influence on the development of the Italian economy in this period as its demands for food and migrants promoted changes in agriculture, marketing systems and urbanisation throughout the peninsula.
    Table of contents
    Introduction: Rome and Italy; 1. The metropolitan city in a pre-industrial economy; 2. The demographic burden; 3. A model of agricultural change; 4. The transformation of the Roman suburbium; 5. Agricultural development in central Italy; 6. Exploiting the margins; 7. Marketing and urbanisation; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.