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Wealthy Entrepreneurs and the Urban Economy

Damian Robinson

in The Economy of Pompeii

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780198786573
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191828898 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786573.003.0009

Series: Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Wealthy Entrepreneurs and the Urban Economy

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This chapter by Damian Robinson offers a detailed discussion of the commercial development of insula VI 1, in the northern part of Pompeii, close to the Herculaneum Gate. Robinson particularly highlights the history of the House of the Vestals, which is the largest property in the block. The author starts from the data gathered by the Anglo-American Pompeii Project, and connects this to literary evidence to sketch a picture of the development of commercial investment over time, arguing that Pompeii’s upper class, exemplified by the consecutive owners of the House of the Vestals, had economic investment as a key priority—from the second century BC to the last years of the city’s existence.

Keywords: investment, Pompeii, House of the Vestals, commercial development, Anglo-American Pompeii Project

Chapter.  7842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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