Approaching the Roman Economy

23 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2010

Date Written: August 23, 2010


This paper introduces current approaches to the study of the Roman economy. It discusses ways of measuring Roman economic performance, the uses of historical comparison, and competing models of economic behavior, and stresses the importance of ecological factors. It concludes with an appendix summarizing evidence for climatic conditions in the Roman period.

Keywords: Roman economy

JEL Classification: N33

Suggested Citation

Scheidel, Walter, Approaching the Roman Economy (August 23, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Walter Scheidel (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2145
United States

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