Romes Imperial Economy: Twelve Essays

Hardcover | February 20, 2011

byHarris, W. V.

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Imperial Rome has a name for wealth and luxury, but was the economy of the Roman Empire as a whole a success, by the standards of pre-modern economies? In this volume W. V. Harris brings together eleven previously published papers on this much-argued subject, with additional comments to bringthem up to date. A new study of poverty and destitution provides a fresh perspective on the question of the Roman Empire's economic performance, and a substantial introduction ties the collection together. Harris tackles difficult but essential questions, such as how slavery worked, what role thestate played, whether the Romans had a sophisticated monetary system, what it was like to be poor, whether they achieved sustained economic growth. He shows that in spite of notably sophisticated economic institutions and the spectacular wealth of a few, the Roman economy remained incorrigiblypre-modern and left a definite segment of the population high and dry.

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Imperial Rome has a name for wealth and luxury, but was the economy of the Roman Empire as a whole a success, by the standards of pre-modern economies? In this volume W. V. Harris brings together eleven previously published papers on this much-argued subject, with additional comments to bringthem up to date. A new study of poverty and ...

W. V. Harris is Shepherd Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:February 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. On the Applicability of the Concept of Class in Roman History2. Poverty and Destitution in the Roman Empire3. Towards a Study of the Roman Slave Trade4. Geography, Demography and the Sources of Roman Slaves5. Roman Terracotta Lamps: The Organization of an Industry6. Production, Distribution, and instrumentum domesticumIV. Trade7. Trade (70-192 AD)8. Trade and the River Po: A Problem in the Economic History of the Roman Empire9. Roman Governments and Commerce, 300 BC-AD 30010. A Revisionist View of Roman Money11. The Roman Economy in the Late Republic, 133 to 31 BC12. Between Archaic and Modern: Some Current Problems in the Economic History of the High Roman Empire

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Review of The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans: "Harris has done an excellent job of bringing to the fore themes that cut across the contributions." --Vedia Izzet and Robert Shorrock