The Roman Agricultural Economy: Organization, Investment, and Production

ISBN : 9780198788522

Alan Bowman; Andrew Wilson
352 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

This volume is a collection of studies which presents new analyses of the nature and scale of Roman agriculture in the Mediterranean world from c. 100 BC to AD 350. It provides a clear understanding of the fundamental features of Roman agricultural production through studying the documentary and archaeological evidence for the modes of land exploitation and the organisation, development of, and investment in this sector of the Roman economy. Moving substantially beyond the simple assumption that agriculture was the dominant sector of the ancient economy, the volume explores what was special and distinctive about it, especially with a view of its development and integration during a period of expansion and prosperity across the empire. The papers exemplify a range of possible approaches to studying and, within limits, quantifying aspects of Roman agricultural production, marshalling a large quantity of evidence, chiefly archaeological and papyrological, to address important questions of the organisation and performance of this sector in the Roman world.


List of Contributors
List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Alan Bowman and Andrew Wilson: Introduction: Quantifying Roman Agriculture
2 Dennis Kehoe: The State and Production in the Roman Agrarian Economy
3 Helen Goodchild: GIS Models of Roman Agricultural Production
4 Annalisa Marzano: Agricultural Production in the Hinterland of Rome: Wine and Olive Oil
5 Annalisa Marzano: Capital Investment and Agriculture: Multi-Press Facilities from Gaul, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Black Sea region
6 Mariette de Vos: The Rural Landscape of Thugga: Farms, Presses, Mills and Transport
7 Alan Bowman: Agricultural Production in Egypt
8 Katherine Blouin: The Agricultural Economy of the Mendesian Nome under Roman Rule
9 Myrto Malouta and Andrew Wilson: Mechanical Irrigation: Water-Lifting Devices in the Archaeological Evidence and in the Egyptian Papyri
10 Hannah Friedman: Agriculture in the Faynan: Food Supply for the Mining Industry


Alan Bowman is former Camden Professor of Ancient History, Director of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, and Co-Director of The Oxford Roman Economy Project (OxREP). His research interests focus on papyrology, the Vindolanda Writing-tablets, the social and economic history of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, and the Roman Empire. ; Andrew Wilson is Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and Chairman of the Society for Libyan Studies. He is also co-director of the Oxford Roman Economy Project (OxREP). He has directed excavations in Italy, Tunisia, and Libya, and is the author of numerous articles on ancient water supply, ancient technology, economy, and trade.