Pompeii Revisited

Willem Jongman

in The Economy of Pompeii

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780198786573
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191828898 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Pompeii Revisited

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This chapter by Willem Jongman summarizes and contextualizes the main findings of the book, relating them to past and current debates in Roman economic history. Looking back on the intellectual context that shaped his own earlier work on the Pompeian economy, Jongman argues that the key issue at stake is understanding the standard of living, and he suggests that, in the light of the arguments presented in the present volume, his earlier assessment may have been too pessimistic, even if most of the reconstructions are extremely tentative. The author argues that Pompeii was more prosperous than he suggested in his 1988 monograph, and that this prosperity served much more people: what one sees at Pompeii is a pre-industrial high-equilibrium society.

Keywords: economic history; Pompeii; standard of living; Pompeian economy; prosperity

Chapter.  4838 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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