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Public Land in the Roman Republic: A Social and Economic History of Ager Publicus in Italy, 396-89 BC

Saskia T. Roselaar


This book discusses the history of Roman state‐owned land from the early expansion of Rome into Italy to the Social War. Rome usually took land from its defeated enemies, which it then declared to be ‘Roman public land’ or ager publicus. Such land could be distributed to Roman citizens in private ownership or remain in the hands of the state. The book discusses, first, the extent and location of this kind of land, and then the different legal conditions to which such land could be subject. It argues that from the third century BC onwards pressure on the land in Italy increased, as a result of ... More

Keywords: ager publicus, public land, Roman republic, Roman demography, Roman economy, privatization, second century BC, urbanization, Gracchi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saskia T. Roselaar, author
Newton International Research Fellow, University of Manchester and The Royal Society
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