Trade, Traders and the Ancient City

Trade, Traders and the Ancient City


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Trade, exchange and commerce touched the lives of everyone in antiquity, especially those who lived in urban areas. Trade, Traders and the Ancient City addresses the nature of exchange and commerce and the effects it had in cities throughout the ancient world, from the Bronze Age Near East to late Roman northern Italy. Trade, Traders and the Ancient City employs the most recent archaeological, papyrological, epigraphic and literary evidence to present an innovative and timely analysis of the importance and influence of trade in the ancient world.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 218.4 x 30.5mm | 476.28g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 1 black & white tables
  • 0415165172
  • 9780415165174

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Helen Parkins is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University. She is the editor of Roman Urbanism: Beyond the Consumer City (Routledge 1997). Christopher Smith is a Lecturer in Ancient History in the University of St. Andrews. His publications include Early Rome and Latium: Economy and Society c. 1000-500 BC (Oxford University Press 1996).

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"Largely derived from a conference held at the University of St.Andrews in 1995, this collection of 11 essays takes a fresh look at the relationship between the city and the ancient economy...Taken as a whole, these articles attempt to move beyond the standard primitivist versus modernist view of the ancient economy, though most seem more comfortable in the latter camp. Even so, they try to address the question in new ways...Contributors present their arguments in a clear fashion largely devoid of the confusing jargon typical of books devoted to the subject. In doing so they have created a work bound to pique the interest both of the newcomers to the field and of general readers and to stimulate discussion among expert scholars.."

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