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The Economics of the Roman Stone Trade

Ben Russell


The use of stone in vast quantities is a ubiquitous and defining feature of the material culture of the Roman world. In this volume, Russell provides a new and wide-ranging examination of the production, distribution, and use of carved stone objects throughout the Roman world, including how enormous quantities of high-quality white and polychrome marbles were moved all around the Mediterranean to meet the demand for exotic material. The long-distance supply of materials for artistic and architectural production, not to mention the trade in finished sculpture, such as statues and sarcophagi, is ... More

Keywords: Stone trade, Marble, Roman Architecture, Roman Sculpture, Quarrying, Shipwrecks, Transport, Roman Sarcophagi, Carving, Roman Economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656394
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Russell, author
Research Associate, Department of Classics, King's College London