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By John H. D'Arms

John D'Arms explores the following a query of vital value for the social fiscal historical past of the Roman international: which sectors of society have been actively engaged in exchange?

within the overdue Roman Republic and early Empire senators have been prohibited by means of legislation from direct participation in seaborne trade; alternate used to be now not thought of a good pursuit. but huge fortunes have been gathered by way of males of rank via a number of profitable businesses. Exploiting the facts of literature, archaeology, and inscription, D'Arms constructs case histories which exhibit how senators learned advertisement gains via oblique involvement: freedmen, municipal notables, and "friends" frequently served because the similar of companions or brokers of noblemen with huge holdings in land. In demonstrating a flexibility in upper-class attitudes towards advertisement task, he deals a learn within the version of a social process to fiscal realities.

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