Project

Mercatura quaestuosa. Trade and transport in the Roman empire. A structural analysis

Duration
01 October 2010 → 01 October 2012
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Ancient history
    • Socio-economic history
Keywords
comparative history agency Roman trade merchants economic history financing
 
Project description

This project aims for a structural and comparative study of Roman trade, trying to pinpoint which features are essentially Roman and which are shared with other pre-industrial societies. By confronting the organization of Roman trade with pre-industrial parallels, we show that many commercial strategies to enhance efficiency (agency, financing, risk sharing etc.), were already in practice during the Roman empire.