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Roman Law and EconomicsInstitutions and Organizations Volume I$
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Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci and Dennis P. Kehoe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198787204.001.0001

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Statistics in Ancient History

Statistics in Ancient History

Prices and Trade in the Pax Romana

(p.137) 6 Statistics in Ancient History
Roman Law and Economics

Peter Temin

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses new data to extend the argument that there was an integrated wheat market in the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire. I explore the meaning of randomness when data are scarce, and I investigate how we recreate the nature of ancient societies by asking new questions that stimulate the discovery of more information. The case for a prosperous Roman society extending the length of the Mediterranean Sea is strong. This chapter draws on and extends work reported in my book: The Roman Market Economy (2013).

Keywords:   economics of Roman law, economics of ancient societies, economic analysis of law, economic methods, law and economics, statistics in ancient history, trade, Roman market economy, Roman economy, economic integration

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