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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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Working Together: Clusters of Artisans in the Roman City

Working Together: Clusters of Artisans in the Roman City

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Urban Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World

Penelope Goodman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the spatial clustering of crafts in Roman cities. It starts from two modern examples of urban economic clustering, and then goes on to analyse three cases of clustering that are identifiable in the archaeological record, discussing evidence from Pompeii, Timgad, and Silchester, before assessing the evidence for clustering in texts. The chapter argues that clustering was a common phenomenon in Roman cities, and that work on contemporary clustering suggests this was essentially due to landlords—the elite— allowing the market to do its work, as this served their social and economic interests.

Keywords:   Roman craftsmen, Roman traders, Roman economy, clustering, Pompeii, Timgad, Silchester

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