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Key Themes in Ancient History: Banking and Business in the Roman World (Paperback)
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Key Themes in Ancient History: Banking and Business in the Roman World (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 14/10/1999
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In the first century BC lending and borrowing by the senators was the talk of Rome and even provoked political crises. During this same period, the state tax-farmers were handling enormous sums and exploiting the provinces of the Empire. Until now no book has presented a synthetic view of Roman banking and financial life as a whole, from the time of the appearance of the first bankers' shops in the Forum between 318 and 310 BC down to the end of the Principate in AD 284. Professor Andreau writes of the business deals of the elite and the professional bankers and also of the interventions of the state. To what extent did the spirit of profit and enterprise predominate over the traditional values of the city of Rome? And what economic role did these financiers play? How should we compare that role to that of their counterparts in later periods.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521389327
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a nice new interpretation of tesserae nummulariae, Roman interest rates, the rarity of state intervention in financial matters, and lack of public borrowing ... will inject new life into anglophone teaching and study of the Roman economy.' Journal of Roman Studies
"The judicious surveys of research in the book provide an excellent introduction to the major issues of contention in the field by a master who thoroughly understands the implications of individual pieces of evidence." Allen Kerkeslager, Saint Joseph's University
"With Banking and Business in the Roman World Andreau, who is working on a comprehensive history of banking from antiquity through the medieval period, has given us an excellent, wieldy introduction to the financial activities of the Roman Republic and the first three hundred years of the Empire. Substantivists will especially appreciate Andreau's approach, but I repeat that Andreau's exceptional openness and generosity toward divergent points of view leaves something, or rather everything, for everyone. Economic historians of all periods and of all dispositions will reap benefit from this survey of the practices of the ancient Romans...every serious economic or sical historian should buy it." EH.NET
"With Banking and Business in the Roman World Andreau, who is working on a comprehensive history of banking from antiquity through the medieval period, has given us an excellent, wieldy introduction to the financial activities of the Roman Republic and the first three hundred years of the Empire. Substantivists will especially appreciate Andreau's approach, but I repeat that Andreau's exceptional openness and generosity toward divergent points of view leaves something, or rather everything, for everyone. Economic historians of all periods and of all dispositions will reap benefit from this survey of the practices of the ancient Romans...every serious economic or sical historian should buy it." EH.NET

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