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The Economy of Pompeii$
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Miko Flohr and Andrew Wilson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786573.001.0001

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Conflicts, Contract Enforcement, and Business Communities in the Archive of the Sulpicii

Conflicts, Contract Enforcement, and Business Communities in the Archive of the Sulpicii

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(p.387) 13 Conflicts, Contract Enforcement, and Business Communities in the Archive of the Sulpicii
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The Economy of Pompeii
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Wim Broekaert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786573.003.0014

The archive of the Sulpicii plays a central role in this chapter by Wim Broekaert, which focuses on the social institutions and juridical frameworks surrounding long-distance trade in the port of Puteoli, and particularly on how traders dealt with fraudulent business partners. Broekaert shows how the close-knit business community at Puteoli used the flexibility inherent in the Roman juridical system, as well as reputation mechanisms, to prevent their business partners from fraudulent behaviour. While this chapter does not directly deal with Pompeii itself, it highlights a central element in the economic world in which Pompeii functioned—the everyday processes of business and long-distance trade—and shows how evidence from the immediate environs of Pompeii is of vital importance for the study of Roman trade.

Keywords:   business community, Puteoli, long-distance trade, Sulpicii, Roman juridical system, Roman trade

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