Public Land in the Roman Republic: A Social and Economic History of Ager Publicus in Italy, 396-89…

Hardcover | August 8, 2010

bySaskia T. Roselaar

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In the first volume in this new series on Roman society and law, Saskia T. Roselaar traces the social and economic history of the ager publicus, or public land. As the Romans conquered Italy during the fourth to first centuries BC, they usually took land away from their defeated enemies anddeclared this to be the property of the Roman state. This land could be distributed to Roman citizens, but it could also remain in the hands of the state, in which case it was available for general public use. However, in the third and second centuries BC growth in the population of Italy led to anincreased demand for land among both commercial producers and small farmers. This in turn led to the gradual privatization of the state-owned land, as those who held it wanted to safeguard their rights to it. Roselaar traces the currents in Roman economy and demography which led to thesedevelopments.

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In the first volume in this new series on Roman society and law, Saskia T. Roselaar traces the social and economic history of the ager publicus, or public land. As the Romans conquered Italy during the fourth to first centuries BC, they usually took land away from their defeated enemies anddeclared this to be the property of the Roman ...

Dr Saskia T. Roselaar is Newton International Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and The Royal Society.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:August 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577234

ISBN - 13:9780199577231

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Ager publicus from the regal period to 1333. The legal conditions of ager publicus4. The second century and the economy of ager publicus5. The Gracchi and the privatization of ager publicus6. General conclusion