An Economic History of Rome

An Economic History of Rome

An Economic History of Rome

An Economic History of Rome

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In the first edition of this book, issued seven years ago, an attempt was made to sketch Roman economic history through the republican period and to describe the methods of production and distribution in the industry of the Augustan era. The material for a second volume which was to carry the story through the Empire was then largely in hand, but before the text could be completed Professor Rostovtzeff's brilliant book, The Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire, appeared. That book supplies so well the long-felt want of a good reference list of source materials for the Empire that there no longer appears to be a need for my projected volume. However, since my history has been out of print for several years and a new edition has been requested, it has seemed advisable to issue a revision and at the same time to extend the sketch into the fourth century of the Empire.

This extension will not of course be taken as an attempt to invite students away from the indispensable volume with which Professor Rostovtzeff has so generously enriched our studies and for which there can be no substitute. Since, however, the materials are exceedingly difficult to interpret and there still . . .

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