Measuring the Movement Economy

Eric Poehler

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

Measuring the Movement Economy

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A key issue in understanding Pompeii’s economy, and particularly investment, is the city’s urban topography: not all locations in the city were commercially attractive in the same way, or to the same degree, and understanding Pompeii’s commercial landscape, and the strategic choices made by investors at certain locations, requires a detailed knowledge, particularly of the way people moved through the city. Substantially refining earlier work by Laurence and Kaiser, this chapter by Eric Poehler discusses a new model of movement through the city, and one that gives a much more detailed insight into the economic potential of certain places—not only the expected major thoroughfares, but also some less well-known streets that emerge as busier than previously appreciated.

Keywords: commercial landscape; movement; Pompeii; streets; urban topography; economy; investment

Chapter.  13886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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