Urban Production and the Pompeian Economy

Nicolas Monteix

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

Urban Production and the Pompeian Economy

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This chapter by Nicolas Monteix gives a thorough reassessment of the evidence for manufacturing and retail in Pompeii, and analyses the ways in which it can and cannot be used to understand Pompeii’s economic history. The chapter starts with a very in-depth discussion of the nature of Pompeii’s archaeological record and the fundamental problems associated with it. Offering a detailed and up-to-date discussion of past approaches to the evidence for manufacturing, the author goes on to argue that traditional approaches based on quantification should be rejected; instead, he proposes approaches based on understanding investment strategies, and on analysing the système technique as defined by Bertrand Gille, alongside efforts aimed at documenting the workshops and their installations to a much more detailed level than has been done in the past.

Keywords: investment; manufacturing; Pompeii; workshops; retail; système technique; Bertrand Gille

Chapter.  12977 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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