Public Land in the Roman Republic: A Social and Economic History of Ager Publicus in Italy, 396-89 BC - Oxford Studies in Roman Society & Law (Hardback)Saskia T. Roselaar (author)
Hardback 380 Pages / Published: 22/07/2010
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In the first volume in this new series on Roman society and law, Saskia T. Roselaar traces the social and economic history of the ager publicus, or public land. As the Romans conquered Italy during the fourth to first centuries BC, they usually took land away from their defeated enemies and declared this to be the property of the Roman state. This land could be distributed to Roman citizens, but it could also remain in the hands of the state, in which case it was available for general public use. However, in the third and second centuries BC growth in the population of Italy led to an increased demand for land among both commercial producers and small farmers. This in turn led to the gradual privatization of the state-owned land, as those who held it wanted to safeguard their rights to it. Roselaar traces the currents in Roman economy and demography which led to these developments.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 782 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 26 mm
this book provides a most thorough and integrated synthesis of a crucial subject which is often taken for granted in our own narratives, but who detailed implications are only rarely fully appreciated. [Roselaar's] work is a very important one and will appeal not only to anyone interested in Roman Republican history and the archaeology of the Italian countryside, but also - and perhaps especially - to scholars of the Roman economy, a field where teh dynamic relationship between institutions and economic performance is increasingly being emphasized. * Alessandro Launaro, Journal of Roman Studies *
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