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Harvesting the Sea: The Exploitation of Marine Resources in the Roman Mediterranean

Annalisa Marzano


This book provides a systematic treatment of the exploitation of marine resources (e.g., large-scale fishing, fish salting, salt production, aquaculture, purple dye manufacturing), in the Roman world and their role within the ancient economy. Bringing together literary, epigraphic, and legal sources, and archaeological data, the book shows that these marine resources were an important feature of the Roman economy and, in scope and market-oriented production, paralleled phenomena taking place in the Roman agricultural economy on land. The book offers an overview of fishing gear and techniques u ... More

Keywords: fishing techniques, fishing gear, fish salting, salt, purple dye, aquaculture, culinary taste for seafood, labour organization, prices, demand

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annalisa Marzano, author
Professor of Ancient History, University of Reading