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Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World$
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Paul Erdkamp, Koenraad Verboven, and Arjan Zuiderhoek

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728924.001.0001

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The Variety of Villa Production

The Variety of Villa Production

From Agriculture to Aquaculture

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Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World

Annalisa Marzano

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses examples of production and economic activities, other than animal husbandry and the cultivation of cash crops, which took place on villa estates. These production activities either provided market-oriented agriculture with necessary materials, such as props for vines, or exploited the natural resources present on the estate. Examples discussed include sulphur deposits, iron mines, and quarries. The second part of the chapter focuses on coastal villa estates, discussing three specific production activities that took advantage of the estates’ geographic position: tuna fishing, oyster farming, and fish farming. These cases also present an opportunity to discuss how the Roman legal framework was used to protect one’s own economic interest from competition.

Keywords:   Roman villas, natural resources, viticulture, reed beds, quarries, iron mines, oyster farming, Sergius Orata, tuna fishing, fish farming

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