The Customs Law of Asia

Hardcover | December 18, 2008

EditorM. Cottier, M. H. Crawford, C. V. Crowther

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The Roman Empire was based on law, and it was vital for rulers and ruled that laws should be understood. They were often given permanent form in stone or bronze. This book transcribes, translates, and fully illustrates with photographs, the inscription (more than 155 lines, in its damagedstate) that carries the regulations drawn up over nearly two centuries for the customs dues of the rich province of Asia (western Turkey). The regulations, taken from Roman archives, were set up in Greek in Ephesus, and the book provides a rendering of the text back into Latin. The damaged text ishard to restore and to interpret. Six scholars offer line-by-line commentary, and five essays bring out its significance, from the Gracchi to Nero, for Rome's government and changing attitudes towards provincial subjects, for the historical geography of the Empire, for its economic history, andfor the social life of Roman officials.

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The Roman Empire was based on law, and it was vital for rulers and ruled that laws should be understood. They were often given permanent form in stone or bronze. This book transcribes, translates, and fully illustrates with photographs, the inscription (more than 155 lines, in its damagedstate) that carries the regulations drawn up ov...

M. Cottier, Department of Classics, University of Toronto. M. H. Crawford, Department of History, University College London. C. V. Crowther, Centre for Study of Ancient Documents, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford. J.-L. Ferrary B. M. Levick, St Hilda's College, Oxford. O. Salomies, Institutum Cl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:December 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551510

ISBN - 13:9780199551514

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IntroductionText and TranslationsCommentaryInterpretative EssaysS. Mitchell: Geography, Politics and Imperialism in the Asian Customs LawM. Corbier: The Lex Portorii Asiae and Financial AdministrationG. D. Rowe: The Elaboration and Diffusion of the Text of the Monumentum EphesenumD. Rathbone: Nero's Reforms of Vectigalia and the Inscription of the Lex Portorii AsiaeO. van Nijf: The Social World of Tax Farmers and their Personnel