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Introductory Bibliography

Students are expected to read material in addition to the lectures, particularly from the subject-specific bibliographies provided on the handouts each week. You do not need to read everything listed on the bibliographies but select according to your interests. Below is an accessible and useful selection of introductions to the Roman Economy.


  • Andreau, J. 2015. The Economy of the Roman World. Ann Arbor.
  • Duncan-Jones, R.P. 1974. The Economy of the Roman Empire.
  • Finley, M. I. 1999. The Ancient Economy. University of California Press.
  • Garnsey, P. 1998. Cities, Peasants and Food in Classical Antiquity: Essays in Social and Economic History.
  • Garnsey, P. and R. Saller. 1987. The Roman Empire. Economy, Society and Culture. London.
  • Greene, K. 1986. The Archaeology of the Roman Economy. Berkeley.
  • Hopkins, K. 2018. “Taxes and trade in the Roman empire (200 BC-AD 400)”, in C. Kelly (ed) Sociological studies in Roman history. Cambridge: 213–259.
  • Jones, A. 1974. The Roman Economy: Studies in Ancient Economic and Administrative History.
  • Jongman, W.M. 1988. The Economy and Society of Pompeii. Amsterdam.
  • Le Blois, L. & J. Rich (eds.) 2002. The Transformation of Economic Life under the Roman Empire. Amsterdam.
  • Manning, J. G., and Morris, I. 2005. The Ancient Economy, Evidence and Models.
  • Mattingly, D. J. and Salmon, J. (eds.). 2001. Economies beyond Agriculture in the Classical World.
  • Meijer, F. & O. van Nijf (eds.) 1992. Trade, Transport and Society in the Ancient World. London.
  • Morley, N. 2007. Trade in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge
  • Parker, A.J. 1992. Ancient Shipwrecks of the Mediterranean and Roman Provinces.
  • Scheidel, W. (ed.). 2012. The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Economy. Cambridge.
  • Scheidel, W. and S. von Reden (eds.). 2002. The Ancient Economy. Edinburgh.
  • Scheidel, W., Morris, I. and Saller, R. (eds.). 2007. The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World. Cambridge.
  • Wilson, A. and Bowman, A. eds. 2009. Quantifying the Roman Economy: Methods and Problems. Oxford.