The Grain Market in the Roman Empire

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Author  Paul Erdkamp
Publisher  Cambridge University Press
Publication Date   July 30, 2009
ISBN  0521117836
Pages  380

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Paul Erdkamp illustrates how entitlement to food in Roman society was dependent on relations with the emperor, his representatives and the landowning aristocracy, and local rulers controlling the towns and hinterlands. He assesses the response of the Roman authorities to weaknesses in the grain market and looks at the implications of the failure of local harvests. By examining the subject from a contemporary perspective, this book will appeal not only to historians of ancient economies, but to all concerned with the economy of grain markets, a subject which still resonates today.

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