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Economics of the Roman Stone Trade (Ben Russell) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780199656394
Economics of the Roman Stone Trade (Ben Russell) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780199656394
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Title: The Economics of the Roman Stone Trade

Author: Russell, Ben

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199656394

Volumes: 1; Pages: 480

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The use of stone in vast quantities is a ubiquitous and defining feature of the material culture of the Roman world. In this volume, Russell provides a new and wide-ranging examination of the production, distribution, and use of carved stone objects throughout the Roman world, including how enormous quantities of high-quality white and polychrome marbles were moved all around the Mediterranean to meet the demand for exotic material.The long-distance supply of materials for artistic and architectural production, not to mention the trade in finished objects like statues and sarcophagi, is one of the most remarkable features of the Roman world. Despite this, it has never received much attention in mainstream economic studies. Focusing on the market for stone and its supply, administration, distribution, and chronology of quarrying, Russell offers a detailed assessment of the practicalities of stone transport and how the relationship between producer and customer functioned even over considerable distances.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsNote to readerAbbreviationsList of Figures1. Introduction2. The Market for Stone3. Quarrying4. Stone Transport5. Distribution Patterns6. Building and Stone Supply7. The Sarcophagus Trade8. Statue Production9. Final RemarksBibliographyIndex
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