This is the first book to present a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life from the fourth century BC to the end of the third century AD. It describes the business deals of the elite and the professional bankers and the interventions of the state. It shows to what extent the spirit of profit and enterprise predominated over the traditional values of Rome, what economic role these financiers played, and how that role compares with that of their later counterparts.
Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. The financial activities of the elites; 3. Banks and bankers; 4. Other categories of financiers; 5. Dependants; 6. The tablets of Murecine; 7. The tesserae nummulariae; 8. The interest rate; 9. Rome's responses to financiers and financial crises; 10. The financial activities of the city of Rome and of the empire; 11. The problem of quantities and quantitative developments; 12. Financial life in Roman society and its economy.