By Tenney Frank
Passenger fares appear to us to were very low. Passengers even if seem to have been chargeable for their very own sustenance, the quarters have been most likely faraway from sumptuous and naturally demise via shipwreck not like lack of freight entailed no monetary loss to the service. -from "Chapter XVI: trade" during this vintage work-an growth of an past 1920 edition-a revered classical pupil sketches the industrial lifetime of the Roman tradition during the republican interval and into the fourth century of the empire. even though later books unfairly supplanted it, this quantity continues to be an outstanding creation to the capital, trade, exertions, and of the speedy forerunner of contemporary civilization. In transparent, readable language, Frank explores: .agriculture in early Latium .the upward push of the peasantry .Roman coinage .finance and politics .the "plebs urbana" .the beginnings of serfdom .and even more. American historian TENNEY FRANK (1876-1939) used to be professor of Latin at Bryn Mawr collage and Johns Hopkins college, and in addition wrote Roman Imperialism (1914) and A historical past of Rome (1923).
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Eigennamen. 3. See Niese, Hermes, 1888, p. 410. De Sanctis, Storia dei Romani, II. 213. 4. Neumann, Bauernbefreiung, 1900, in part accepted by E. 3 5. Cf. Lipson, The Economic History of England, p. 77. Since various types of serfdom were to be found in early Sparta, Crete, Thessaly, in the Hellenistic kingdoms of Asia and Egypt, and probably in Gaul and Spain, its absence in Italy would be remarkable. 6. Cf. Livy, II, 9; 34; 52; III, 32; IV, 12; 25; 52. Some of these passages are doubtless based upon conjecture, but it must be remembered that the priestly annales made a point of recording things of religious import like quotiens annona cara, quotiens lunae aut solis lumine caligo aut quid obstiterit, Cato, Orig.
Recent excavations have revealed a city-wall which shows the workmanship and the material prevalent in the fourth century, see Am. J. , 1918, 182. It is usual to refer the “prow” to the capture of Antium. 19. The bankruptcy law, Livy, VII, 21; the laws on interest, VII, 27, and VII, 42, to be read with Tac. Ann. VI, 16, and Appian B. C. I, 54. 1 The danger of soil exhaustion was peculiarly great in Latium for several reasons. The soil there had not had a long time for accumulation. Along the extensive ridges of lava that radiate from the Alban hills toward the Anio, along the Appian way, and down toward Ardea, the surface was so hard that soil-making was well-nigh impossible.
Thus the Romans now felt no incentive to try new enterprises, to develop industries or to enter commerce on land or sea. During this period of expansion Rome almost isolated herself from transmarine influences. The contact with the outer world that Etruscan agencies had formerly encouraged was weakened. 10 The rude masonry of yellow tufa that remains from this period shows that Rome had ceased to follow the progress of Greek art; not till the second century did Roman architecture become aware of how far it had been outdistanced.
An Economic History of Rome by Tenney Frank