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Development and crisis in ancient Rome : the role of Mediterranean trade

Entwicklung und Krise im antiken Rom: die Rolle des mediterranen Handels
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Paolilli, Antonio Luigi

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Abstract 'Between the second and the third century A.D., after centuries characterized by nearly continuous growth, the Roman Empire experienced a profound crisis. Evidence of this crisis comes from important economic signals, such as the fineness of coins and the number of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea. After showing that the empire's economic decline had already begun in the second century A.D., the author will outline a hypothesis about the causes of the fall, based on the de-specialization of the Roman economic system, which prevented it from continuing its evolution towards modernity, leading it instead along a path of progressive implosion.' (author's abstract)|
Keywords production; theory; antiquity; historical analysis; military; expenditures; commerce; import; taxes; crisis; money; monetary system (national); monetary economy; shipping; economic crisis; slavery; Mediterranean region; economic model; economy; economic change; Roman Empire
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; General History
Method historical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 274-289
Journal Historical Social Research, 33 (2008) 4
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works