By W. V. Harris

Imperial Rome has a reputation for wealth and comfort, yet was once the economic system of the Roman Empire as a complete successful, through the criteria of pre-modern economies? during this quantity W. V. Harris brings jointly 11 formerly released papers in this much-argued topic, with extra reviews to deliver them brand new. a brand new learn of poverty and destitution offers a clean standpoint at the query of the Roman Empire's fiscal functionality, and a considerable advent ties the gathering jointly. Harris tackles tricky yet crucial questions, equivalent to how slavery labored, what function the nation performed, even if the Romans had a cosmopolitan financial approach, what it was once wish to be negative, whether or not they completed sustained financial development. He exhibits that during spite of significantly subtle financial associations and the superb wealth of some, the Roman economic climate remained incorrigibly pre-modern and left a distinct phase of the inhabitants excessive and dry.

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