The Romans and Trade

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Oxford University Press, Nov 10, 2016 - History - 400 pages
André Tchernia is one of the leading experts on amphorae as a source of economic history, a pioneer of maritime archaeology, and author of a wealth of articles on Roman trade, notably the wine trade. This book brings together the author's previously published essays, updated and revised, with recent notes and prefaced with an entirely new synthesis of his views on Roman commerce with a particular emphasis on the people involved in it. The book is divided into two main parts. The first is a general study of the structure of Roman trade: Landowners and traders, traders' fortunes, the matter of the market, the role of the state, and dispatching what is required. It tackles the recent debates on Roman trade and Roman economy, providing, original and convincing answers. The second part of the book is a selection of 14 of the author's published papers. They range from discussions of general topics such as the ideas of crisis and competition, the approvisioning of Ancient Rome, trade with the East, to more specialized studies, such as the interpretation of the 33 AD crisis. Overall, the book contains a wealth of insights into the workings of ancient trade and expertly combines discussion of the material evidence-especially of amphorae and wrecks-with the prosopographical approach derived from epigraphic, papyrological and historical data.

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List of Figures
Landowners and Traders
Traders Fortunes
The Matter of the Market
The Role of the State
Meeting Needs
Scripta varia
The Sale of Wine
Coping with Geographical
Claudius Edict and Ships of 10000 modii
The Dromedary of the Peticii and Trade with the East
Trade between the Roman Empire
Warehousing and Complementary Cargoes on the Alexandria
Wine Exporting and the Exception of Gaul
The Economic Crisis in Imperial Italy and Competition from
Index of Sources

The plebiscitum Claudianum
The Crisis of AD 33
Problems of Quantification

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About the author (2016)

André Tchernia graduated as Agrégé des Letters in 1960, and, after his National Service, was chosen as a member of the Ecole Française de Rome in 1963. He directed for three years an excavation in Bolsena, and specialized in the study of Roman amphorae. Back in France in 1966, he lectured in Latin at the University of Aix en Provence and became a pioneer in underwater archaeology, directing for ten years the excavation f the great Roman wreck of La Madrague de Giens. He obtained his "Doctorat d'Etat" in 1984, and published in 1986 'le vin de l'Italie romaine, essai d'histoire économique d'après les amphores'. In 1957, he was appointed deputy-director of the department of Human Sciences of the National Center for Scienntific Research. He left this post in 1990 to become "Directeur d'Etudes à l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales", where he finished his carreer.

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