Investigating an Urban Economy
This introductory chapter serves to put the rest of the volume in context. It starts by briefly introducing Pompeii and its historical and regional context, and discussing some of the specific peculiarities of the Pompeian evidence. Then it offers an overview of approaches to Pompeii’s economy during the twentieth century, highlighting the work of Frank, the Jashemski group, and the monograph of Jongman, before sketching some of the more recent developments in Pompeian studies. After introducing the four parts of the volume and their chapters, the editors end by emphasizing some of the general trends in recent scholarship. Throughout this volume, Pompeii appears as a wealthy, well-integrated urban centre which profited greatly from its central position in the wealthiest part of the Roman Empire.
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