Economy of Pompeii

Hardcover | November 15, 2016

EditorMiko Flohr, Andrew Wilson

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This volume presents fourteen papers by Roman archaeologists and historians discussing approaches to the economic history of Pompeii, and the role of the Pompeian evidence in debates about the Roman economy. Four themes are discussed. The first of these is the position of Pompeii and its agricultural environment, discussing the productivity and specialization of agriculture in the Vesuvian region, and the degree to which we can explain Pompeii's size and wealth on the basis of the city's economichinterland. A second issue discussed is what Pompeians got out of their economy: how well-off were people in Pompeii? This involves discussing the consumption of everyday consumer goods, analyzing archaeobotanical remains to highlight the quality of Pompeian diets, and discussing what bone remainsreveal about the health of the inhabitants of Pompeii. A third theme is economic life in the city: how are we to understand the evidence for crafts and manufacturing? How are we to assess Pompeii's commercial topography? Who were the people who actually invested in constructing shops and workshops?In which economic contexts were Pompeian paintings produced? Finally, the volume discusses money and business: how integrated was Pompeii into the wider world of commerce and exchange, and what can the many coins found at Pompeii tell us about this? What do the wax tablets found near Pompeii tell usabout trade in the Bay of Naples in the first century AD? Together, the chapters of this volume highlight how Pompeii became a very rich community, and how it profited from its position in the centre of the Roman world.

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This volume presents fourteen papers by Roman archaeologists and historians discussing approaches to the economic history of Pompeii, and the role of the Pompeian evidence in debates about the Roman economy. Four themes are discussed. The first of these is the position of Pompeii and its agricultural environment, discussing the produc...

Miko Flohr is postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for History of Leiden University, and formerly assistant director of the Oxford Roman Economy Project. His main research focus lies with urban history in the Roman world, with a particular emphasis on economic issues in Roman Italy, and on textile economies. His first ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Miko Flohr and Andrew Wilson: Introduction: Investigating an Urban EconomyPart I: City and Hinterland1. Girolamo Ferdinando de Simone: The Agricultural Economy of Pompeii: Surplus and Dependence2. Miko Flohr: Quantifying Pompeii: Population, Inequality, and the Urban EconomyPart II: Quality of Life3. Nick M. Ray: Consumer Behaviour in Pompeii: Theory and Evidence4. Erica Rowan: Sewers, Archaeobotany, and Diet at Pompeii and Herculaneum5. Estelle Lazer: Skeletal Remains and the Health of the Population at PompeiiPart III: Economic Life and its Contexts6. Eric Poehler: Measuring the Movement Economy: A Network Analysis of Pompeii7. Nicolas Monteix: Urban Production and the Pompeian Economy8. Damian Robinson: Wealthy Entrepreneurs and the Urban Economy: Insula VI 1 in its Wider Economic Contexts9. Domenico Esposito: The Economics of Pompeian PaintingPart IV: Money and Trade10. Steven J. R. Ellis: Reevaluating Pompeii's Coin -Finds: Monetary Transactions and Urban Rubbish in the Retail Economy of an Ancient City11. Richard Hobbs: Bes, Butting Bulls, and Bars: The Life of Coinage at Pompeii12. Koenraad Verboven: Currency and Credit in the Bay of Naples in the First Century ad13. Wim Broekaert: Conflicts, Contract Enforcement, and Business Communities in the Archive of the SulpiciiPart V: Discussion14. Willem Jongman: Pompeii Revisited