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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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Contextualizing the Operational Sequence: Pompeian Bakeries as a Case Study

Contextualizing the Operational Sequence: Pompeian Bakeries as a Case Study

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(p.153) 7 Contextualizing the Operational Sequence: Pompeian Bakeries as a Case Study
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Urban Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World
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Nicolas Monteix

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748489.003.0008

This chapter discusses the practical organization of bread production in Pompeii, and analyses the ways in which the technologies used for milling, kneading, and baking, and the spatial organization of the operational sequence, could improve the functionality of the workshop. Emphasizing that all workshops, essentially, were a compromise between available space and economic ambition—all the bakeries in Pompeii had to be integrated into pre-existing buildings—the chapter argues that the rationalization of workshop designs increased with their size, and shows how the analysis of the design of these workshops can help to understand the economic history of Roman urban crafts.

Keywords:   Roman craftsmen, Roman economy, bread, Pompeii, bakeries, technology

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