The Organization of the Grain Trade in the Early Roman Empire

  title={The Organization of the Grain Trade in the Early Roman Empire},
  author={David Kessler and Peter Temin},
  journal={CRN: Early Empire (Roman History) (Sub-Topic)},
  • David Kessler, P. Temin
  • Published 11 April 2007
  • History, Economics
  • CRN: Early Empire (Roman History) (Sub-Topic)
Rome was an exceedingly large city at the start of the Roman Empire, and it required massive grain imports to feed its population. We argue that Roman merchants organized these imports and that they used a variety of mechanisms to deal with the informational problems of long-distance trade at that time. They used general institutions of Rome, such as its legal and social structures, as well as specific mercantile institutions, such as contracts, companies, and invoices. They exploited… 
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