Money, Culture, and Well-Being in Rome's Economic Development, 0-275 CE

Money, Culture, and Well-Being in Rome's Economic Development, 0-275 CE

by Daniel Hoyer

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Overview

The Roman Empire has long held pride of place in the collective memory of scholars, politicians, and the general public in the western world. In Money, Culture, and Well-Being in Rome's Economic Development, 0-275 CE, Daniel Hoyer offers a new approach to explain Rome's remarkable development.

Hoyer surveys a broad selection of material to see how this diverse body of evidence can be reconciled to produce a single, coherent picture of the Roman economy. Engaging with social scientific and economic theory, Hoyer highlights key issues in economic history, placing the Roman Empire in its rightful place as a special—but not wholly unique—example of a successful preindustrial state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004358270
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements / Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity , #412
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Daniel Hoyer, Ph.D. (2014), is Project Manager of the Evolution Institute's Seshat: Global History Databank and Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto. He has published extensively on a wide range of historical topics, notably concerning the epigraphic and numismatic evidence from imperial Rome.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
List of Roman Emperors

1 Introduction: Approaching the Imperial Roman Economy
 1 Central Aims of the Book
 2 Who Will Read This? Target Audiences
 3 Lingering Questions about Imperial Rome
 4 The Many Faces of Roman Economic History
 5 From Fine-Grained to ‘Big Picture’: Methods and Treatment of the Evidence
 6 The Contribution of Modern Thinking to Ancient Problems
 7 Book Organization
 8 Terms and Definitions

2 The Gift That Kept on Giving: Perpetual Endowments and the Role of Prosociality in Rome’s Economic Development
 1 The Evolution of Prosocial Traits from the Early Days of Rome
 2 Prosociality, Charity, and Social Capital: How Elite Benefaction Came to Be
 3 Perpetual Foundations: The Gift That Kept on Giving
 4 What Lies under the Epiphenomena?

3 Investing in the Roman Economy: Material Evidence for Economic Development
 1 Benefactions as Wealth Generators
 2 Investment Opportunities in the Roman Economy
 3 Money in the Roman Economy: The Numismatic Evidence
 4 Supplying the Demand: Coinage, Monetization, and Market Development

4 Aligning Public and Private Interests: Public Building, Private Money, and Urban Development
 1 Public Needs and Private Incentives
 2 Rome: A World of Cities
 3 Public Building in the Cities of Roman Africa: A Case Study
 4 Urbanization and the Development of the Non-Agrarian Sectors
 5 The Surprisingly Short Reach of the Roman State
 6 The Public Deeds of Private Citizens
 7 Aligning Interests

5 Measuring Economic Performance beyond GDP: Economic Growth, Income Inequality, and Roman Living Standards
 1 Real Growth in the Pre-Modern World? Debates, Controversies, and Confusion in Roman Economic History
 2 Proxy Evidence: Extrapolation or Hypothesis Testing?
 3 Rome’s 99 %: Economic Capacity and the Distribution of Wealth
 4 Sharing the Spoils of Success: Increasing Living Standards with Public Goods
 5 Collective Action and Prosociality in the Creation of Public Goods

6 From Prosociality to Civil Strife: Conflict, Stagnation, and Growing Regional Divides in the Third Century CE
 1 An Overview of the ‘Crises’ of the Third Century
 2 What Really Happened after 235 CE?
 3 Money, Investment, and Markets
 4 Production and Exchange
 5 The End of Roman Prosociality?

Conclusion: Rome’s Place in a Global History of Development

Appendix 1: List of Inscriptions from the Western Empire Recording Interest being Drawn
Appendix 2: List of Building Inscriptions from the North African Provinces Recording the Sponsor
Bibliography
Index

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