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Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World$
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Andrew Wilson and Alan Bowman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790662.001.0001

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The Supply Networks of the Roman East and West

The Supply Networks of the Roman East and West

Interaction, Fragmentation, and the Origins of the Byzantine Economy

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Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World

Paul Reynolds

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This chapter provides a synthesis, on a scale that has not been attempted before, across both the eastern and western Mediterranean, of the picture provided by ceramic data, using amphorae, finewares, and cookwares, for long-distance trade from the second to seventh centuries AD. The chapter examines the degree to which exchange in different products spanned the entire Mediterranean, or only particular basins within it, at different periods, and traces the evolution of regional exchange networks. It examines the impact of state-driven supply both for imperial Rome, and for the military annona in the early Byzantine period, on wider private trade circuits.

Keywords:   Roman trade, Roman economy, late antique economy, Roman pottery, amphorae, finewares, cookwares, maritime trade

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