Metropolis and Hinterland: The City of Rome and the Italian Economy, 200 BC-AD 200

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Overview

Ancient Rome was one of the greatest cities of the pre-industrial era. Like other such great cities, it has often been seen as a parasite, 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 recent 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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"Morley presents his thesis clearly, logically, and persuasively. His arguments will give both primitives and modernists much to ponder..." R.I. Curtis, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521893312
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps and figures
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Rome and Italy 1
1 The metropolitan city in a pre-industrial economy 13
2 The demographic burden 33
3 A model of agricultural change 55
4 The transformation of the Roman suburbium 83
5 Agricultural development in central Italy 108
6 Exploiting the margins 143
7 Marketing and urbanisation 159
Conclusion 184
Bibliography 186
Index 208
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