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André Tchernia

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723714

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723714.001.0001

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Wine Exporting and the Exception of Gaul

Wine Exporting and the Exception of Gaul

(p.277) 18 Wine Exporting and the Exception of Gaul
The Romans and Trade

André Tchernia

Oxford University Press

New insights into the nature of Italian wine-growing and the wine trade in the last century of the Republic are presented here. The study primarily focuses on the evidence derived from Greco-Italic and Dressel 1 type amphorae found in Gaul. Given these findings, the author delves into the origins of the export of wine on the basis of data provided by the amphorae, and attempts to explain the distribution of wines in certain regions, especially in Gaul, which imported millions of amphorae of Italian wine during the second and first centuries BC. The author moves on to consider the extent of the wine trade in Gaul, focusing on the reasons for the region’s consumption of Italian wine and political behaviour related to this trade. From an economic standpoint, the wine trade was also associated with a number of other practices including the bartering of wine for slaves.

Keywords:   wine trade, Italian wine-growing, Gaul, Greco-Italic amphorae, Dressel 1 amphorae, slaves, barter

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