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Rome's Imperial Economy: Twelve Essays

W. V. Harris

Abstract

Imperial Rome has a name for wealth and luxury, but was the economy of the Roman Empire as a whole a success, by the standards of pre-modern economies? This book includes chapters on this much-argued subject, with additional comments to bring them up to date. A new study of poverty and destitution provides a fresh perspective on the question of the Roman Empire's economic performance, and a substantial introduction ties the collection together. The book tackles difficult but essential questions, such as how slavery worked, what role the state played, whether the Romans had a sophisticated mone ... More

Keywords: Imperial Rome, Roman Empire, pre-modern economies, poverty, destitution, economic performance, monetary system, economic growth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199595167.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. V. Harris, author
Shepherd Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University