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Title: The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Economy
Author: Scheidel, Walter (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2013
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521898225
Volumes: 1; Pages: 454
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The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Economy offers readers a comprehensive and innovative introduction to the economy of the Roman Empire. Focusing on the principal determinants, features, and consequences of Roman economic development and integrating additional web-based materials, it is designed as an up-to-date survey that is accessible to all audiences. Five main sections discuss theoretical approaches drawn from Economics, labor regimes, the production of power and goods, various means of distribution from markets to predation, and the success and ultimate failure of the Roman economy. The book not only covers traditionally prominent features such as slavery, food production, and monetization but also highlights the importance of previously neglected aspects such as the role of human capital, energy generation, rent-taking, logistics, and human wellbeing, and convenes a group of five experts to debate the nature of Roman trade.Table of ContentsPart I. Introduction: 1. Approaching the Roman economy, Walter ScheidelPart II. Theory: 2. Roman economic thought, Gloria Vivenza3. The contribution of economics, Peter Temin4. Human capital and economic growth, Richard SallerPart III. Labor: 5. Slavery, Walter Scheidel6. Contract labor, Dennis KehoePart IV. Production: 7. Raw materials and energy, Andrew Wilson8. Food production, Geoffrey Kron9. Manufacturing, Cameron HawkinsPart V. Distribution: 10. Predation Peter, Fibiger Bang11. Transport, Colin Adams12. Urbanism, Paul Erdkamp13. Money and finance, Sitta von Reden14. A forum on trade Andrew Wilson, Morris Silver, Peter Fibiger Bang, Paul Erdkamp and Neville MorleyPart VI. Outcomes: 15. Physical wellbeing, Walter Scheidel16. Post-imperial economies, Simon Loseby.