Quantifying the Roman Economy: Methods and Problems

Quantifying the Roman Economy: Methods and Problems

Paperback Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Edited by Alan Bowman, Edited by Andrew Wilson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 214mm x 26mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 24 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199679290
  • ISBN 13: 9780199679294
  • Illustrations note: 43 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 906,599

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This collection of essays is the first volume in a new series, Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. Edited by the series editors, it focuses on the economic performance of the Roman empire, analysing the extent to which Roman political domination of the Mediterranean and north-west Europe created the conditions for the integration of agriculture, production, trade, and commerce across the regions of the empire. Using the evidence of both documents and archaeology, the contributors suggest how we can derive a quantified account of economic growth and contraction in the period of the empire's greatest extent and prosperity.

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Andrew Wilson is Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and Chairman of the Society for Libyan Studies. He has directed excavations in Italy, Tunisia, and Libya, and is the author of numerous articles on ancient water supply, ancient technology, economy, and trade.

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well-edited and nicely-produced A. J. Parker, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology The character of the volume is both exploratory and searching ... commendable and extremely useful undertaking systematically to compile quantifiable evidence. Peter Fibiger Bang, Journal of Roman Studies this volume does truely offer a reasonably varied, balanced and up-to-date overview of the methods and problems in quantifying the Roman economy, thus effectively contributing to a central debate in Roman studies. Being the first of a series, it certainly places a heavy burden of high expectations on forthcoming volumes. Alessandro Launaro, University of Cambridge

Table of contents

1. Introduction. Quantifying the Roman economy: integration, growth, decline? ; I. URBANIZATION ; 2. Urbanization as a proxy of demographic and economic growth ; 3. Response to Elio Lo Cascio ; II. FIELD SURVEY AND DEMOGRAPHY ; 4. Archaeology, demography, and Roman economic growth ; 5. Peopling the countryside: Roman demography in the Albegna Valley and Jerba ; 6. Peopling ancient landscapes: potential and problems ; III. AGRICULTURE ; 7. Quantifying Egyptian agriculture ; 8. Response to Alan Bowman ; IV. TRADE ; 9. Approaches to quantifying Roman trade ; 10. Approaches to quantifying Roman trade: response ; 11. A comment on Andrew Wilson: 'Approaches to quantifying Roman trade' ; V. COINAGE ; 12. Coinage and metal supply ; 13. Roman silver coinage: mints, metallurgy, and production ; 14. Some numismatic approaches to quantifying the Roman economy ; VI. PRICES, EARNINGS AND STANDARDS OF LIVING ; 15. Earnings and costs: living standards and the Roman economy ; 16. How prosperous were the Romans? ; 17. New ways of studying incomes in the Roman economy