Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World by Paul Erdkamp

Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World

EditorPaul Erdkamp, Koenraad Verboven, Arjan Zuiderhoek

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Explanation of the success and failure of the Roman economy is one of the most important problems in economic history. As an economic system capable of sustaining high production and consumption levels, it was unparalleled until the early modern period.This volume focuses on how the institutional structure of the Roman Empire affected economic performance both positively and negatively. An international range of contributors offers a variety of approaches that together enhance our understanding of how different ownership rights and various modesof organization and exploitation facilitated or prevented the use of land and natural resources in the production process. Relying on a large array of resources - literary, legal, epigraphic, papyrological, numismatic, and archaeological - chapters address key questions regarding the foundations ofthe Roman Empire's economic system. Questions of growth, concentration and legal status of property (private, public, or imperial), the role of the state, content and limitations of rights of ownership, water rights and management, exploitation of indigenous populations, and many more receive newand original analyses that make this book a significant step forward to understanding what made the economic achievements of the Roman empire possible.

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Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Koenraad Verboven is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Ghent. Arjan Zuiderhoek is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Ghent.
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Title:Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:August 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsList of Figures1. Arjan Zuiderhoek: Introduction: Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World in Historiographical and Theoretical Perspective2. Paul Erdkamp: Agriculture, Division of Labour, and the Paths to Economic GrowthPart I: Ownership and Control3. Kyle Harper: Landed Wealth in the Long Term: Patterns, Possibilities, Evidence4. Elio Lo Cascio: The Development of Imperial Property5. Laurens Tacoma: Imperial Wealth in Roman Egypt: The Julio-Claudian ousiai6. Dennis Kehoe: Property Rights over Land and Economic Growth in the Roman Empire7. Eva Jakab: Ownership and Control: Property Rights and Insitutional Arrangements8. Christer Bruun: Water Use and Productivity in Roman Agriculture: Selling, Sharing, Servitudes9. Yuri A. Marano: Control and Management of Water in Ostrogothic ItalyPart II: Organization and Modes of Exploitation10. Alessandro Launaro: The Nature of the Villa Economy11. Annalisa Marzano: The Variety of Villa Production: From Agriculture to Aquaculture12. Matthew S. Hobson: The African Boom: The Origins of Economic Growth in Roman North Africa13. Julia Hoffmann-Salz: The Local Economy of Palmyra: Organizing Agriculture in an Oasis Environment14. Michael MacKinnon: Changes in Animal Husbandry as a Consequence of Changing Social and Economic Patterns: Zooarchaeological Evidence from the Roman Mediterranean ContextPart III: Exploitation and Processing15. Isabella Tsigarida: Salt in Asia Minor: An Outline of Roman Authority Interest in the Resource16. Alfred M. Hirt: Imperial Quarries and the Emperor17. Fernando Lopez Sanchez: The Mining, Minting, and Obtaining of Gold in the Roman EmpireConclusionsBibliographyIndex