A model of demographic and economic change in Roman Egypt after the Antonine plague

  title={A model of demographic and economic change in Roman Egypt after the Antonine plague},
  author={Walter Scheidel},
  journal={Journal of Roman Archaeology},
  pages={97 - 114}
  • W. Scheidel
  • Published 2002
  • Economics
  • Journal of Roman Archaeology
Demography has long been an essential ingredient of economic history. Students of the “ancient economy”, by contrast, have been late to give demography its due weight, and attempts to illustrate the potential relevance of population issues have been rare.1 This case-study of Roman Egypt aims to interpret empirical evidence of economic change with reference to demographic factors. I will argue that in the late 2nd c. A.D. a severe mortality crisis triggered price and wage shocks, and that during… 
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