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Land Transport in Roman Egypt: A Study of Economics and Administration in a Roman Province

Colin Adams


Transport has been seen as one of the greatest failures of ancient technology. Land transport especially, due to its cost, restricted growth in the Roman economy. This book challenges these views, using the evidence of papyri from Roman Egypt, and argues that land transport, even in a country so dominated by a river which provided a natural highway, was an essential part of a system of transport that allowed for vigorous trading activity, but provided the Roman state with valuable resources which, through careful management, it could use for its own transport requirements: supplying the Roman ... More

Keywords: transport, ancient economy, papyri, supply, agriculture, trade, army, bureaucracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203970
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Adams, author
Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Liverpool
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