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The Roman Economy Introductory Bibliography


Compiled by Andrew Wilson. Version 1.1, September 2014.


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Rostovtzeff, M. (1957). Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire, 2 vols (revised P. M. Fraser). Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Jones, A. H. M. (1974). The Roman Economy: studies in ancient economic and administrative history (ed. P. A. Brunt). Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Finley, M. I. (1985). The Ancient Economy (2nd edition). Berkeley, University of California Press.

Reviews of 1st edition:

Frederiksen, M. W. (1975). 'Theory, evidence and the ancient economy', Journal of Roman Studies 65: 164–171.

White, K. D. (1976). 'A new model for the economy of the classical world: a critique of M.I. Finley', Museum Africum 5: 83–87.

Garnsey, P. D. A., Hopkins, K., and Whittaker, C. R. (eds) (1983). Trade in the Ancient Economy. London, Chatto & Windus.

Hopkins, K. (1978). 'Economic growth and towns in classical antiquity', in P. Abrams and E. A. Wrigley (eds), Towns in Societies. Essays in economic history and historical sociology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 35–77.

Hopkins, K. (1980). 'Taxes and trade in the Roman Empire (200 BC – AD 400)', Journal of Roman Studies 70: 101–125.

Hopkins, K. (2000). 'Rents, taxes, trade and the city of Rome', in E. Lo Cascio (ed.), Mercati permanenti e mercati periodici nel mondo romano. Atti degli Incontri capresi di storia dell’economia antica (Capri 13–15 ottobre 1997) (Pragmateiai, 2). Bari, Edipuglia: 253–267.

Duncan-Jones, R. P. (1982). The Economy of the Roman Empire: quantitative studies (2nd edition). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.  

Greene, K. (1986). The Archaeology of the Roman Economy. London, Batsford.  

Duncan-Jones, R. P. (1990). Structure and Scale in the Roman Economy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Harris, W. V. (1993). 'Between archaic and modern. Some current problems in the history of the Roman economy', in W. V. Harris (ed.), The Inscribed Economy. Production and distribution in the Roman empire in the light of instrumentum domesticum, (Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement 6). Ann Arbor: 11–29.

Davies, J. K. (1998). 'Ancient economies: models and muddles', in H. M. Parkins and C. J. Smith (eds), Trade, Traders and the Ancient City. London, Routledge: 225–256.

Horden, P. and Purcell, N. (2000). The Corrupting Sea. A study of Mediterranean history. Oxford, Blackwell.

Mattingly, D. J. and Salmon, J. (eds) (2000). Economies Beyond Agriculture in the Classical World (Leicester-Nottingham Studies in Ancient Society). London, Routledge.

Wilson, A. I. (2002). 'Machines, power and the ancient economy', Journal of Roman Studies 92: 1–32.

Scheidel, W. and von Reden, S. (eds) (2002). The Ancient Economy (Edinburgh Readings on the Ancient World). Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.

Manning, J. G. and Morris, I. (2005). The Ancient Economy – Evidence and Models. Stanford, Stanford University Press.

Scheidel, W., Morris, I. and Saller R. (eds) (2007). Cambridge Economic History of the Graeco-Roman World. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Morley, N. (2007). Trade in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Bang, P. (2008). The Roman Bazaar. A comparative study of trade and markets in a tributary empire. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.


Silver, M. (2009). 'Historical otherness, the Roman bazaar, and primitivism: P. F. Bang on the Roman Economy', Journal of Roman Archaeology 22.2: 421–443.

Temin, P. (2009). Review in Journal of Economic History 69.4: 1165-116–6.

Shaw, B. D. (2010). Review in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 41.1: 126–127.

van Dam, R. (2010). Review in Comparative Studies in Society and History 52: 486–487.

Morley, N. (2010). Review in American Historical Review, 115: 267–268.

Haklai-Rotenberg, M. (2010). Review in Scripta Classica Israelica 29: 140.

Wilson, A. I. (2008). 'Economy and trade', in E. Bispham (ed.), The Short Oxford History of Europe. Vol. 2: Roman Europe, Oxford, Oxford University Press: 170–202.

Scheidel, W. (2009). 'In search of Roman economic growth', Journal of Roman Archaeology 22.1: 46–70.

Wilson, A. I. (2009). 'Indicators for Roman economic growth: a response to Walter Scheidel', Journal of Roman Archaeology 22.1: 71–82.

Scheidel, W. and Friesen, S. J. (2009). 'The size of the economy and the distribution of income in the Roman Empire', Journal of Roman Studies 99: 61–91.

Lo Cascio, E. (2009). Crescità e declino. Studi di storia dell’economia romana. Roma, «L’Erma» di Bretschneider.           

Bowman, A. K. and Wilson, A. I. (eds) (2009). Quantifying the Roman Economy: methods and problems (Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy). Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Andreau, J. (2010). L’économie du monde romain. Paris. Ellipses.

Bowman, A. K. and Wilson, A. I. (eds) (2011). Settlement, Urbanisation and Population (Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy). Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Robinson, D. and Wilson, A. I. (eds) (2011). Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean (Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Monograph 6). School of Archaeology, Oxford.

Harris, W. V. (2011). Rome’s Imperial Economy. Twelve essays. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Tchernia, A. (2011). Les Romains et le commerce. Naples, Centre Jean Bérard – Centre Camille Jullian.  

Scheidel, W. (ed.) (2012). The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Economy (Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.


Coinage and Money

Howgego, C. (1992). 'The supply and use of money in the Roman world 300 B.C. to A.D. 300', Journal of Roman Studies 82: 1–31.

Howgego, C. (1994). 'Coin circulation and the integration of the Roman economy', Journal of Roman Archaeology 7: 5–21.

Duncan-Jones, R. P. (1994). Money and Government in the Roman Empire. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Howgego, C. (1997). 'Coinage in the Roman economy', Journal of Roman Archaeology 10: 425–426.

Harris, W. V. (2006). 'A revisionist view of Roman money', Journal of Roman Studies 96: 1–24.

Harris, W. V. (2008). The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Katsari, C. (2011). The Roman Monetary System: the eastern provinces from the first to the third century AD. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

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