Imperial Mines and Quarries in the Roman World: Organizational Aspects 27 BC-AD 235

Hardcover | April 24, 2010

byAlfred Michael Hirt

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The control over marble and metal resources was of major importance to the Roman Empire. The emperor's freedmen and slaves, officers and soldiers of the Roman army, equestrian officials, as well as convicts and free labour were seconded to mines and quarries throughout Rome's vast realm.Alfred Hirt's comprehensive study defines the organizational outlines and the internal structures of the mining and quarrying ventures under imperial control. The themes addressed include: challenges faced by those in charge of these extractive operations; the key figures, their subaltern personneland their respective responsibilities; the role of the Roman army; the use of civilian partners in quarrying or mining ventures; and the position of the quarrying or mining organizations within the framework of the imperial administration.

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The control over marble and metal resources was of major importance to the Roman Empire. The emperor's freedmen and slaves, officers and soldiers of the Roman army, equestrian officials, as well as convicts and free labour were seconded to mines and quarries throughout Rome's vast realm.Alfred Hirt's comprehensive study defines the org...

Alfred Michael Hirt is a researcher at the University of Zurich, and visiting scholar at Cambridge University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199572879

ISBN - 13:9780199572878

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Geological Constraints and Organizational Implications3. Mining and Quarrying Districts4. Imperial Officials and Extractive Operations5. The Roman Army and Imperial Extractive Operations6. Imperial Officials and the Allocation of Responsibilities7. Private Partners to Imperial Operations: Occupatores/Coloni and Conductores8. The Emperor and Imperial Extractive Operations9. Imperial Mining and Quarrying Administration: A Conclusion