Metropolis and Hinterland
The City of Rome and the Italian Economy, 200 BC-AD 200
By (author) Neville Morley
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Metropolis and Hinterland by Neville Morley
Book DescriptionAncient Rome was one of the greatest cities of the pre-industrial era. Like other such great cities, it has often been deemed parasitic, a drain on the resources of the society that supported it. Rome's huge population was maintained not by trade or manufacture but by the taxes and rents of the empire. It was the archetypal 'consumer city'. However, such a label does not do full justice to the impact of the city on its hinterland. This book examines the historiography of the consumer city model and reappraises the relationship between Rome and Italy. Drawing on archaeological work and comparative evidence, the author shows how the growth of the city can be seen as the major influence on the development of the Italian economy in this period as its demands for food and migrants promoted changes in agriculture, marketing systems and urbanisation throughout the peninsula.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521893312
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Neville Morley
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A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides offers an invaluable guide to the reception of Thucydides, with a strong emphasis on comparing and contrasting different traditions of reading and interpretation.
Thucydides and the Idea of History, Paperback (December 2013)
From the eighteenth century onwards, the ancient Greek writer Thucydides (c 460 - c 395 BCE) was viewed as the most important classical historian. He was acclaimed not only as a vital source for reconstructing antiquity but as a purveyor of timeless political wisdom.
Thucydides and the Modern World, Hardback (July 2012)
Explores the far-reaching impact of the ancient Greek historian Thucydides on modern historiography, political theory and international relations.
Trade in Classical Antiquity, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Neville Morley
This 2007 book examines the significance of ancient trade using ecological and cultural, as well as economic, perspectives.
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