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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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Wealthy Entrepreneurs and the Urban Economy

Wealthy Entrepreneurs and the Urban Economy

Insula VI 1 in its Wider Economic Contexts

(p.243) 8 Wealthy Entrepreneurs and the Urban Economy
The Economy of Pompeii

Damian Robinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter by Damian Robinson offers a detailed discussion of the commercial development of insula VI 1, in the northern part of Pompeii, close to the Herculaneum Gate. Robinson particularly highlights the history of the House of the Vestals, which is the largest property in the block. The author starts from the data gathered by the Anglo-American Pompeii Project, and connects this to literary evidence to sketch a picture of the development of commercial investment over time, arguing that Pompeii’s upper class, exemplified by the consecutive owners of the House of the Vestals, had economic investment as a key priority—from the second century BC to the last years of the city’s existence.

Keywords:   investment, Pompeii, House of the Vestals, commercial development, Anglo-American Pompeii Project

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