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The Economy of Roman Palestine - Ze'Ev Safrai

The Economy of Roman Palestine

Hardcover Published: 17th March 1994
ISBN: 9780415102438
Number Of Pages: 516

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"The Economy of Roman Palestine" offers a detailed description of this region's economy in the Roman era (70 AD to 400 AD), providing information that can be further applied to a study of the Roman empire as a whole. Drawing upon a broad selection of primary rabbinic sources as well as a considerable volume of archaeological findings, Ze'ev Safrai characterizes this period as a time of demographic growth and corresponding economic development. Safrai also describes the agricultural and agrarian structure of the province, the pattern of settlement, its highly developed trade system and the influence of the Roman army on the overall economy. He concludes that this economy was to a large extent based on an open market.
Drawing upon Talmudic sources from the 3rd to 7th centuries, Safrai shows that agriculture--specifically grains, wine and oil--was the region's major source of income. He also investigates the industrial sector as well as the production of textiles and glass for export and domestic consumption.

"This provocative study is of primary significance both for its stimulating theoretical proposals and its highly detailed discussions of various economic topics." - "Religious Studies Review

Acknowledgementsp. x
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Settlement Patternsp. 17
Modes of Productionp. 104
Trade in the Land of Israel in the Roman Periodp. 222
The Organizational Framework of Farmingp. 322
Open or Closed Economy in the Land of Israel During the Roman Period?p. 415
Demographic Multiplication and Economic Growthp. 436
Appendix Ip. 459
Appendix IIp. 463
Bibliography of Ancient Sourcesp. 465
General Bibliographyp. 468
Index of Places and Subjectsp. 491
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ISBN: 9780415102438
ISBN-10: 041510243X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 516
Published: 17th March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1