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 specialbut not wholly uniqueexample of a successful preindustrial state.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Mnemosyne, Supplements / Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity , #412|
|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
AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsList of Roman Emperors1 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 Definitions2 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 Development4 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 Interests5 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 Goods6 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 DevelopmentAppendix 1: List of Inscriptions from the Western Empire Recording Interest being DrawnAppendix 2: List of Building Inscriptions from the North African Provinces Recording the SponsorBibliographyIndex