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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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Salt in Asia Minor

Salt in Asia Minor

An Outline of Roman Authority Interest in the Resource

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

Isabella Tsigarida

Oxford University Press

Under the premise that the prosperity of pre-industrial societies strongly depended on agricultural productivity and access to natural resources, the question arises whether the Roman state or the imperator fostered exploitation of land and resource through targeted economic policies. Such political and administrational setting may well have stimulated economic thinking and acting in ancient Roman society. This chapter analyses the exertion of influence on the vital resource of salt by Roman authorities exemplarily for the province of Asia. It also outlines structural indications of potential links between politics and the economy pertaining to salt, including relevant state regulations, state interests, property rights, and administration of salt mines and deposits.

Keywords:   salt, salt works, natural resource, exploitation, Rome, Asia Minor, Polis Priene, Publicani, conflict, economy

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