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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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Prices and Costs in the Textile Industry in the Light of the Lead Tags from Siscia

Prices and Costs in the Textile Industry in the Light of the Lead Tags from Siscia

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(p.397) 13 Prices and Costs in the Textile Industry in the Light of the Lead Tags from Siscia
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Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World
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Ivan Radman-Livaja

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790662.003.0013

This chapter considers a collection of nearly 1,200 inscribed lead tags from the ancient city of Siscia (south-west Pannonia). Most of the tags were reused several times, showing traces of older inscriptions. On one side, one can read personal names, while the other side of the tag usually carries an inscription mentioning the merchandise, usually in an abbreviated form, as well as a price and often an indication of quantity or weight. Most if not all the tags are linked to the wool trade and the textile industry, the prices indicating the value of the goods or the cost of a given service such as cleaning, fulling, or dyeing. They appear to be labels used by fullers and dyers to ensure that they could easily return their property to the clients and charge them the right fee.

Keywords:   Roman trade, Roman economy, textiles, lead tags, Siscia, fulling, dyeing, prices

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