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The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Economy, Paperback / softback Book

The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Economy Paperback / softback

Edited by Walter (Stanford University, California) Scheidel

Part of the Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World series


This book offers readers a comprehensive and innovative introduction to the economy of the Roman Empire.

Focusing on the principal determinants, features and consequences of Roman economic development and integrating additional web-based materials, it is designed as an up-to-date survey that is accessible to all audiences.

Five main sections discuss theoretical approaches drawn from economics, labor regimes, the production of power and goods, various means of distribution from markets to predation, and the success and ultimate failure of the Roman economy.

The book not only covers traditionally prominent features such as slavery, food production and monetization but also highlights the importance of previously neglected aspects such as the role of human capital, energy generation, rent-taking, logistics and human wellbeing, and convenes a group of five experts to debate the nature of Roman trade.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 458 pages, 1 Tables, black and white; 1 Maps; 6 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780521726887



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