Machines, Power and the Ancient Economy*

  title={Machines, Power and the Ancient Economy*},
  author={Andrew Wilson},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={1 - 32}
  • Andrew Wilson
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Economics
  • Journal of Roman Studies
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