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Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World

Andrew Wilson and Alan Bowman


This interdisciplinary volume presents nineteen chapters by Roman historians and archaeologists, discussing trade in the Roman Empire in the period c.100 BC to AD 350, and in particular the role of the Roman state, in shaping the institutional framework for trade within and outside the Empire, in taxing that trade, and in intervening in the markets to ensure the supply of particular commodities, especially for the city of Rome and for the army. The chapters in this volume address facets of the subject on the basis of widely different sources of evidence—historical, papyrological, and archaeolo ... More

Keywords: Roman trade, Roman economy, Roman law, taxation, external trade, institutions, markets, state

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790662
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790662.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Wilson, editor
Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, University of Oxford

Alan Bowman, editor
Emeritus Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford

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1 Introduction

Andrew Wilson, Alan Bowman

Part I Institutions and the State

Part II Trade within the Empire

Part III Trade beyond the Frontiers

End Matter