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Urban Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World$
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Andrew Wilson and Miko Flohr

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198748489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748489.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Urban Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World

Miko Flohr

Andrew Wilson

Oxford University Press

The introductory chapter sets the agenda of the volume, and introduces the reader to current developments in the field, before introducing the four sections of this volume and discussing the ways in which these and the individual chapters elaborate upon these developments. The Introduction argues that, despite a tendency among scholars to treat Roman trade and manufacturing at an empire-wide level, the world of manufacturing and trade in fact was characterized by variation. This variation not only suggests a certain degree of flexibility and of openness to adaptation and innovation if circumstances made this attractive, but it also suggests a research agenda that should aim at understanding how such processes work: understanding the world of Roman craftsmen and traders involves understanding the mechanisms behind the variation in their everyday social and economic lives.

Keywords:   Roman economy, Roman society, Roman history, craftsmen, traders

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