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Imperialism, Power, and IdentityExperiencing the Roman Empire$
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David J. Mattingly

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160177

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160177.001.0001

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Ruling Regions, Exploiting Resources

Ruling Regions, Exploiting Resources

(p.125) Chapter Five Ruling Regions, Exploiting Resources
Imperialism, Power, and Identity

David J. Mattingly

Princeton University Press

In recent years, debate has started to explore the tensions between global and local aspects of the Roman economic world. This chapter argues that the Roman economy is not only best understood as an agglomeration of globalized regional economies but that we can also define a series of major mechanisms at work that governed discrete areas of economic activity. In particular, it focuses on the role of the state as a motor of economic activity through its status as an imperial power. It constructs some simple models built around colonial discourse analysis, rather than complex economic theory. The main purpose of this chapter is not to outline a new general model for the Roman economy but to reignite debate about the economic face of Roman imperialism.

Keywords:   Roman Empire, Roman economic world, Roman economy, regional economies, economic activity, state, imperial power, imperialism

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