Land Transport in Roman Egypt: A Study of Economics and Administration in a Roman Province

Hardcover | March 15, 2007

byColin Adams

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The papyri of Egypt offer a rich and complex picture of this important Roman province and provide an unparalleled insight into how a Roman province actually worked. They also afford a valuable window into ancient economic behaviour and everyday life. This study is the first systematictreatment of the role of land transport within the economic life of Roman Egypt, an everyday economic activity at the centre of the economy not only of Egypt but of the Roman world. Colin Adams studies the economics of animal ownership, the role of transport in the commercial and agriculturaleconomies of Egypt, and how the Roman state used provincial resources to meet its own transport demands. He reveals a complex relationship between private individual and state in their use of transport resources, a dynamic and rational economy, and the economic and administrative behaviour imposedwhen an imperial power made demands upon a province.

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The papyri of Egypt offer a rich and complex picture of this important Roman province and provide an unparalleled insight into how a Roman province actually worked. They also afford a valuable window into ancient economic behaviour and everyday life. This study is the first systematictreatment of the role of land transport within the e...

Colin Adams is Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Liverpool.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:346 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199203970

ISBN - 13:9780199203970

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Table of Contents

I. Setting the scene1. Introduction: transport and the economy of the Roman world2. The geography, topography, and land transport networks of EgyptII. Transport resources3. Transport animals and wagons4. Animal use and maintenance5. Animal trade and ownershipIII. The organization of transport6. State control of animal ownership7. Animal requisitionIV. Case studies8. State grain transport9. Deserts and military supply10. Trade and transport11. Transport and the land economyConclusion