The Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome

The Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome

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The Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome

The Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome

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This book attempts to consider various phases in the economic and social life of Ancient Rome; such as has not been treated, except incidentally, in any English work, nor in any French or German work from precisely the same standpoint; a fact which gives justification for the present essay.

The purpose is to consider the influence of money and of the commercial spirit throughout the period of Roman greatness. Sometimes a liberal interpretation has been given to the term "Money Power," and certain subjects have been discussed not at first sight closely connected with public finance or private industry and commerce. Yet the idea that the Romans owed much, both of their greatness and of their ultimate failure, to the supreme estimate they put upon wealth and its concomitants has never been lost from view.

This essay makes no claim to exhaustive or original learning. The evidence of the ancient authors, supplemented by much testimony from the great Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, is however carefully used, and from what is possibly a somewhat new point of departure. Yet modern investigators on one point or another have put the author under a great debt--Friedlaender, Grupp, Mommsen, Marquardt, Voigt, Schiller, Seeck, Hirshfeld, Schanz, Bloch, Boissier, Duruy, Arnold, Dill and many more, as well as the able contributors to Smith Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, and to the PaulyWissowa -

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