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Description - The Grain Market in the Roman Empire by Paul Erdkamp

This book explores the economic, social and political forces that shaped the grain market in the Roman Empire. Examining studies on food supply and the grain market in pre-industrial Europe, it addresses questions of productivity, division of labour, market relations and market integration. The social and political aspects of the Roman grain market are also considered. Dr Erdkamp illustrates how entitlement to food in Roman society was dependent on relations with the emperor, his representatives and the landowning aristocracy, and local rulers controlling the towns and hinterlands. He assesses the response of the Roman authorities to weaknesses in the grain market and looks at the implications of the failure of local harvests. By examining the subject from a contemporary perspective, this book will appeal not only to historians of ancient economies, but to all concerned with the economy of grain markets, a subject which still resonates today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521838788
ISBN-10: 0521838789
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 380
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Research Fellow in Ancient History at Leiden University. He is the author of Hunger and the Sword. Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars (264-30 BC) (1998). He is the editor of The Roman Army and the Economy (1998) and The Companion to the Roman Army (forthcoming).

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