The early Roman Empire: consumption

  title={The early Roman Empire: consumption},
  author={Willem M. Jongman},
  • W. Jongman
  • Published 1 November 2007
  • History, Economics
Roman society of the early empire presents a confusing and ambiguous image that we cannot easily situate in unidirectional accounts of European economic history. Clearly, public monuments in marble or other precious stone, military security, the urban food supply, roads, aqueducts and gladiatorial games testify to public consumption on a grand scale. On the other hand, the signs of poverty, misery, and destitution are no less obvious. Many inhabitants of the Roman empire only eked out a meager… 

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