Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World

Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World


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Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World by Paul Erdkamp

Explanation of the success and failure of the Roman economy is one of the most important problems in economic history. As an economic system capable of sustaining high production and consumption levels, it was unparalleled until the early modern period.

This volume focuses on how the institutional structure of the Roman Empire affected economic performance both positively and negatively. An international range of contributors offers a variety of approaches that together enhance our understanding of how different ownership rights and various modes of organization and exploitation facilitated or prevented the use of land and natural resources in the production process. Relying on a large array of resources - literary, legal, epigraphic, papyrological, numismatic, and archaeological - chapters address key questions regarding the foundations of the Roman Empire's economic system. Questions of growth, concentration and legal status of property (private, public, or imperial), the role of the state, content and limitations of rights of ownership, water rights and management, exploitation of indigenous populations, and many more receive new and original analyses that make this book a significant step forward to understanding what made the economic achievements of the Roman empire possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198728924
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul Erdkamp, Professor of Ancient History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,Koenraad Verboven, Professor of Ancient History, University of Ghent,Arjan Zuiderhoek, Professor of Ancient History, University of Ghent

Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Koenraad Verboven is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Ghent.

Arjan Zuiderhoek is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Ghent.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Figures
1. Introduction: Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World in Historiographical and Theoretical Perspective, Arjun Zuiderhoek
2. Agriculture, Division of Labour, and the Paths to Economic Growth, Paul Erdkamp
Part I: Ownership and Control
3. Landed Wealth in the Long Term: Patterns, Possibilities, Evidence, Kyle Harper
4. The Development of Imperial Property, Elio Lo Cascio
5. Imperial Wealth in Roman Egypt: The Julio-Claudian ousiai, Laurens Tacoma
6. Property Rights over Land and Economic Growth in the Roman Empire, Dennis Kehoe
7. Ownership and Control: Property Rights and Insitutional Arrangements, Eva Jakab
8. Water Use and Productivity in Roman Agriculture: Selling, Sharing, Servitudes, Christer Bruun
9. Control and Management of Water in Ostrogothic Italy, Yuri A. Marano
Part II: Organization and Modes of Exploitation
10. The Nature of the Villa Economy, Alessandro Launaro
11. The Variety of Villa Production: From Agriculture to Aquaculture, Annalisa Marzano
12. The African Boom: The Origins of Economic Growth in Roman North Africa, Matthew S. Hobson
13. The Local Economy of Palmyra: Organizing Agriculture in an Oasis Environment, Julia Hoffmann-Salz
14. Changes in Animal Husbandry as a Consequence of Changing Social and Economic Patterns: Zooarchaeological Evidence from the Roman Mediterranean Context, Michael MacKinnon
Part III: Exploitation and Processing
15. Salt in Asia Minor: An Outline of Roman Authority Interest in the Resource, Isabella Tsigarida
16. Imperial Quarries and the Emperor, Alfred M. Hirt
17. The Mining, Minting, and Obtaining of Gold in the Roman Empire, Fernando Lopez Sanchez

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